Work to begin in August on new Greenfield Walmart

July 28, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Site preparation work is to begin in August for a new 140,000-square-foot Walmart supermarket and discount store in Greenfield, says Chuck Erickson, city community development manager.

The new store will be built on what's now the Green Fields Golf Center driving range and miniature golf course, just south of an existing Walmart at 4500 S. 108th St. The future store will be east of S. 108th St. and just north of W. Layton Ave.

It will take about 10 to 12 months to build the new store, Erickson told me. He said Walmart is seeking new uses for the current store building.

Other new Walmart stores under development in the Milwaukee area include a store in Greendale, near Southridge Mall, and another proposed for West Milwaukee.

Whitnall considers selling naming rights

July 27, 2011 3:28 p.m. | The Whitnall School District will look into selling naming rights for athletic facilities to offset some of the $6.5 million cost to renovate the athletic facilities at Whitnall High School.

The Whitnall School Board on Monday approved forming a committee to explore naming rights. Board member Bernard Shaw said the committee would look to large donors who are buying naming rights for the long term. The committee also will need a dynamic leader to pull off the plan, he said.

Man seen masturbating said he was balancing his checkbook

July 26, 2011 9:34 a.m. | A man seen committing a sexual act told West Allis police he was balancing his checkbook at 5 p.m. July 19.

According to the police report:

During a surveillance watch at Kohl's Department Store, 2601 S. 108th St., a loss prevention officer noticed a man masturbating in his vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot.

Police were notified and approached the man. The man told police he was balancing his checkbook.

The man was issued citations for lewd and lascivious behavior.

West Allis police to give away 'The Club' to owners of certain vehicles

July 26, 2011 7:31 a.m. | On Wednesday, the West Allis Police Department will kick off its "20 percent by 2012" campaign by giving away The Club, a trademarked anti-theft device, to owners of vehicles heavily targeted by car thieves in recent months.

Utilizing Wisconsin Department of Transportation records, owners of these targeted vehicles have already been identified and will be contacted in person by a West Allis police officer or by mail.

Those eligible live in West Allis and own specific 1998-2001 Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth vehicles, including the Dodge Caravan, Stratus and Intrepid, Chrysler Town and Country, and Plymouth Voyager. Together, they accounted for 37 percent of all motor vehicle thefts in West Allis this year, police said.

Because the supply is limited, The Club will be made available to West Allis residents owning targeted vehicles first, with remaining units available to the general public. Other auto theft deterrents will include additional police surveillance and the use of bait vehicles.

The West Allis Police Department's "20 percent by 2012" campaign's goal is to reduce property crime in the city at least 20 percent by December 2012.

West Allis man accused of driving wrong way on I-43

July 22, 2011 8:28 p.m. | A West Allis man was charged Friday with second-degree recklessly endangering safety after being arrested for driving in the wrong direction of I-43 in Milwaukee.

Armando Rodriguez-Benitez also was cited for operating while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood-alcohol concentration, for which he will be prosecuted simultaneously in a separate case, according to the criminal complaint.

Rodriguez-Benitez drove 5.3 miles in the northbound lanes of southbound I-43 about 4 a.m. Thursday, and almost collided head-on with another motorist at Burleigh St., the complaint stated.

The other motorist narrowly escaped injury when he swerved left and struck a median wall as Rodriguez-Benitez continued north.

A Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy in the northbound lane on the other side of the wall caught up to Rodriguez-Benitez and began driving alongside of him.

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Two more area Blockbuster stores close

July 22, 2011 6:20 p.m. | Two more area Blockbuster stores are casualties of the company's consolidation as it tries to reestablish itself as a go-to place for entertainment.

Stores in West Allis, on S. 108th St. and W. Arthur Ave., and in Racine, at 5055 Douglas Ave., are no longer listed on the company's website. Calls to those locations were unanswered, and employees at other area Blockbuster stores confirmed the closings.

Dish Network Corp. closed the additional 100 to 200 stores because they weren't profitable enough or the company couldn't come to an agreement with landlords on new leases, Blockbuster spokesman Marc Lumpkin said.

There is some good news, however: If you live near one of the few remaining Blockbuster stores in the metro Milwaukee area, chances are it's going to continue operating in the near future.

Blockbuster, which this year was purchased by Dish Network, announced Thursday it had assumed contracts with property owners nationwide to maintain operations of more than 1,500 U.S. stores that would have closed under liquidation. Blockbuster also will retain more than 15,000 store employees.

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City offers places to escape heat

July 19, 2011 10:00 p.m. | With the National Weather Service issuing an extreme heat warning for the area through Friday, Greenfield has opened several cooling stations where residents can go to escape the heat.

The locations, open for this purpose until Friday, are:

The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., open from 10 a.m. 8:30 p.m. through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The Greenfield Community Center, 7215 W. Cold Spring Road (the former library), open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Greenfield Police Department, 5300 W. Layton Ave., community room, open 24 hours.

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Three arrested for alleged arson

July 19, 2011 5:28 p.m. | Three Greenfield men were taken into custody for the early morning arson of a vacant home at 4253 W. Loomis Road.

Greenfield police arrested two brothers, ages 19 and 20 and a third man, aged 18.

A Greenfield officer who serves as the school resource officer at Greenfield High School was able to identify the suspects through surveillance photos taken at the scene of the arson.

All three suspects are cooperating with police in the investigation.

Detectives have also recovered evidence at the scene that links the suspects to the arson, according to police.

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Woman arrested for battery after pulling her fiance's scrotum

July 19, 2011 11:45 a.m. | A man's fiancee was arrested for battery after she grabbed and pulled on his scrotum on July 17.

According to a West Allis police report:

Police responded to a residence in the 2200 block of South 70th Street for a report of a man being stabbed at 8 p.m. July 17.

When police arrived, the man said his fiancee grabbed his scrotum and pulled it, causing an injury.

The man was taken to Froedtert Hospital to stitch the detached scrotum. The fiancee was arrested for battery.

Greenfield Fire Department on scene of house fire, highway lanes closed

July 19, 2011 5:59 a.m. | GREENFIELD - Greenfield Police tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ that their fire department has gone to the scene of a fire there.

The fire happened about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday morning near the junction of I-894 and Loomis Road.

Authorities closed down the northbound lanes of Loomis Road due to the fire along with an I-894 off-ramp to Loomis Road.

A dispatcher told TODAY'S TMJ4 that the fire was happening at a vacant house.

There is no word on the cause of the fire.

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Greenfield man drowns in family pool

July 18, 2011 4:18 p.m. | A 22-year-old Greenfield man died Friday night after he swam in the family pool while under the influence of alcohol, officials said Monday.

Jeffrey J. Wielichowiski was partying with friends and swimming in the family pool in the 5600 block of S. 44th St. around 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to an investigation report by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

He had been drinking vodka, Red Bull and Gatorade, and his friends told police he appeared intoxicated.

"He got into the pool and was swimming. They advised him to stay out of the pool because he was slurring his speech and stumbling. He refused," the report said.

According to the report:

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Supporters lead the march to stronger band group

July 15, 2011 4:12 p.m. | After years of seeing the numbers languishing, but not the quality of the high school marching band, the Whitnall School Board is on the verge of trying to build up the band again.

A committee may be formed to take a holistic look at the entire music program with an eye to enabling the marching band to expand.

The band was 120 strong at its peak in 2004 when the board made the band an extracurricular activity. Numbers dwindled to just 40 members this past year.

Some officials as well as the Whitnall Band Boosters, a group made up of parents, would like the band to become a mix of curricular and extracurricular. That way, students could get academic credit and still have a full marching schedule.

School Board member Bernard Shaw cautioned the board not to lose sight of the priorities it has already set elsewhere in the educational program.

West Allis woman arrested after stabbing, standoff

July 14, 2011 2:23 p.m. | WEST ALLIS - West Allis Police arrested five people, including a 28 year-old woman accused of stabbing a man, after a standoff in the 7900 block of W. Hicks St. Thursday morning.

"The West Allis Police Department Communications Center received a call of a disturbance and possible stabbing outside of the Jock Stop Tavern," West Allis Deputy Police Chief Jerry Ponzi said in a news release.  "Upon officers' arrival, they encountered a 36-year-old male outside the tavern who sustained approximately 4 stab wounds.  He was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries."

Officers believe an argument between the suspect and the victim broke out inside the bar. 

"The suspect left the bar after the argument but returned with several acquaintances a short time later," Deputy Chief Ponzi added.  "She encountered the victim outside where they exchanged words.  She stabbed the victim several times and fled with the others.  There is only one assailant and one victim."

Witnesses were able to identify the woman, who was tracked to a home on W. Hicks St.  After a standoff, a total of three women and two men were arrested.

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Hale wins GMC consolation title; Engle fans 14 Lancers

July 13, 2011 9:33 p.m. | Dillion Engle was the major reason his West Allis Hale baseball team beat Brookfield Central, 8-0, Wednesday night at McCoy Field to win the Greater Metro Conference Tournament Consolation Championship.

Engle, who is headed to UWM to play baseball in the fall, was exceptional, as he fanned 14 Lancers and allowed only three hits - a single by Bill Calawerts and a double by Ryan Hinz in the third and an infield hit to Dan Barwick in the sixth. He only walked two batters.

Engle was also outstanding at the plate, as he had four singles in four at bats and two RBIs and Garet Morganroth singled twice, doubled, scored three times and drove in two.

Brian Kimpel singled twice and drove in a run and Patrick Heal singled twice, scored a run and drove one in.

Hale scored a run in the first, three in the second and two runs in the fourth and seventh innings.

Whitnall athletic director takes new job

July 13, 2011 4:14 p.m. | Jill Stobber, who has been athletic director for the Whitnall School District for two years, will become athletic director for Hartford High School this fall.

She will leave Whitnall next week. She oversaw athletics for the entire district.

The district will begin to search for a replacement.

Congressional schedule forces cancellation of Ryan visit

July 12, 2011 5:52 p.m. | Because of ongoing budget issues in Washington and because the House of Representatives will not be in recess, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has rescheduled his July 19 appearance before the Whitnall Park Rotary Club.

He was to have been the guest speaker at the group's luncheon which will be open to the public. Ryan now plans to be at the Sept. 6 luncheon, which also will be open at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis.

Those wanting to come should pre-register through the Whitnall Park Rotary's website by Aug. 28. The cost is $15.

2 men hurt in suspected drug-related incident in West Milwaukee

July 10, 2011 7:54 p.m. | A 51-year-old man was shot and a 56-year-old man jumped out of a third-story window early Sunday in West Milwaukee in what police believe was a drug-related incident.

The 56-year-old man was shot in the abdomen with a shotgun at close range. He was in stable condition Sunday. The man who leaped from the third-floor apartment broke his leg and also was hospitalized.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of W. National Ave. Police arrested a suspect in the incident.

The victims' names were not released.

Greenfield PD receive grant to monitor pedestrian safety

July 08, 2011 5:08 p.m. | The Greenfield Police Department has received a state highway safety grant to improve pedestrian safety, and officers will soon be watching in unmarked cars for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

State law requires drivers of vehicles to yield to pedestrians when they are crossing in a crosswalk without exception, said police Sgt. Dave Patrick in a news release announcing receipt of the grant.

So far this year, Greenfield police have investigated eight accidents in which pedestrians have been hurt.

Fines for failing to yield range from $63 to $145.

West Milwaukee building would include village financing help

July 08, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A new building that Product Service and Manufacturing Corp. might develop in West Milwaukee would include $396,000 in village financing, under a preliminary agreement approved by the Village Board.

The $2.2 million development's property taxes would repay that amount within about eight years, said Village Administrator Kim Egan. Once that debt was repaid, through a tax incremental financing district, the building's property taxes would go to the village, its school district and other local governments.

The building, to be developed on vacant land at the former Hotpoint appliance factory grounds, would initially be around 35,000 square feet, Jeff Westover, Product Service chief executive officer, told me last week.

It could eventually be expanded to more than 100,000 square feet, and house all of the company's local operations, he said. It would be on 6.5 acres, now owned by General Capital Group, that's next to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office, 4725 W. Electric Ave.

Product Service also is seeking a $584,184 no-interest loan from the state Department of Natural Resources to pay for cleaning up environmental contamination at the site.

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Hospital's donation request falls on deaf ears at City Hall

July 06, 2011 12:12 p.m. | Saying that the city has the will but not the money, the West Allis Common Council last night denied a donation request for $5,000 to $10,000 from the Aurora West Allis Medical Center. The hospital wants to use the money for its emergency department and for a family consultation room.

The hospital already gives the city some $750,000 in various types of payments and is an energetic supporter of city efforts such as the National Night Out and helps the health department in many ways, aldermen acknowledged.

But they said they could not justify the expenditure when they are trying to pinch every penny mainly because of cuts in state aid.

Only Alderwoman Rosalie Reinke voted to give the hospital $5,000 because it has been such a staunch supporter, she said.

Helping influence the council's decision was a pledge by the Community Improvement Foundation to give the hospital proceeds from the annual West Allis dinner dance next year.

West Allis revaluations postponed until 2013

July 06, 2011 12:08 p.m. | The citywide reassessment of West Allis properties for taxing purposes will be postponed from next year until 2013, the West Allis Common Council decided Tuesday night.

Normally, the city reassesses properties every two years to make sure all property owners pay their fair shares of property taxes. The last revaluation was in 2010, which was the first in six years. The reason for the delay in updating properties was the housing crash that made the housing market turbulent and depressed values.

Real estate is still down, which is one of the reasons for putting off the revaluation. Another is that the clerk's office will be too busy next year, a presidential election year, to play its usual role in helping with revaluations.

Also, the assessor's office would like to save some money. The cost of revaluations is $15,000 to $16,000 in postage alone.

Finally, the assessor's office has to make 19,000 building sketches digital next year because of new state requirements. That will put a strain on staff time.

Neighboring businesses get OK for outdoor patio in West Allis

July 06, 2011 11:52 a.m. | The door is now open for outdoor dining at Boz's Sports Bar and the Gourmet Cheesecake Shoppe, neighboring businesses at 1325-1329 S. 70th St., West Allis.

The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved allowing the businesses to use city right-of-way for the 500 square-foot patio dining area they requested.

City blessings did not come without some dissent, however.

Alderman Gary Barczak cast the lone vote against the plan because he said it sets a bad precedent. Not only is the city allowing businesses to use city land but it is getting nothing in return, he said. However, Barczak emphasized that he likes the businesses' plan for a patio, but just objects to using city right-of-way.

Man assaulted during attempted robbery

July 05, 2011 3:18 p.m. | A 50-year-old Greenfield man was stabbed during an attempted robbery about 9:15 p.m. June 29.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The man was walking in the 4700 block of West Cold Spring Road when he was approached from behind by two males who demanded money. After receiving no money or property from the man, one of the perpetrators stabbed the man and the two fled into Good Hope Cemetery.

The man was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he was treated for the stab wound and released.

Tables turn during drug deal, police say

July 05, 2011 12:54 p.m. | A drug deal went awry July 4, with the potential buyers hitting the dealer in the head with a rock and stealing the marijuana and cash, according to a West Allis police report.

Also from the report:

Three males hit another male in the head with a rock after a drug deal went wrong in the 900 block of South 75th Street at noon July 4. The male victim attempted to sell marijuana to the three males. The male suspects fled with the weed and $1,400.

Pizza delivery woman robbed on the job

July 05, 2011 12:50 p.m. | A pizza delivery woman was robbed at gunpoint while making a delivery in the early hours of June 30.

According to the West Allis police report:

Three males the woman while she made a delivery in the 2400 block of South Buchanan Place prior to 1 a.m. June 30. When she arrived with the pizza, the three males told her the pizza was free tonight and pointed a handgun at her.

She gave them the pizza, then attempted to make a phone call. One of the perpetrators punched the woman in the arm and stole her cell phone.

Greenfield man dies after falling down elevator shaft

July 05, 2011 10:20 a.m. | A Greenfield man has died after falling down an elevator shaft Monday night at an east side Milwaukee apartment complex, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department.

James Greinger, 41, and an unnamed friend had been stuck in an elevator between the 13th and 12th floors at 1707 N. Prospect Ave. when Greinger pried the elevator doors open and jumped to the 12th floor. Greinger landed on the 12th floor, but his momentum pulled him backward and he fell to the basement, according to a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Product Service considers new West Milwaukee building

July 01, 2011 11:10 a.m. | Product Service and Manufacturing Corp. is considering the development of a new building in West Milwaukee that could eventually house all of its local operations.

The building, to be developed on vacant land at  the former Hotpoint appliance factory grounds, would initially be around 35,000 square feet, said Jeff Westover, Product Service chief executive officer.

It could eventually be expanded to over 100,000 square feet, he said. it would be on 6.5 acres, now owned by General Capital Group, that's next to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency office, 4725 W. Electric Ave.

No decision has been made yet on the possible project, Westover told me.

It came to light because the West Milwaukee Village Board is scheduled to discuss helping the company obtain an interest-free loan from the state Department of Natural Resources to help finance the development. That board meeting will be Tuesday.

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Community Watch

» Work to begin in August on new Greenfield Walmart 7/28

» Whitnall considers selling naming rights 7/27

» Man seen masturbating said he was balancing his checkbook 7/26

» West Allis police to give away 'The Club' to owners of certain vehicles 7/26

» West Allis man accused of driving wrong way on I-43 7/22

» Two more area Blockbuster stores close Updated:  7/22

» City offers places to escape heat 7/19

» Three arrested for alleged arson 7/19

» Woman arrested for battery after pulling her fiance's scrotum 7/19

» Greenfield Fire Department on scene of house fire, highway lanes closed 7/19

» Greenfield Fire Department on scene of house fire, highway lanes closed 7/19

» Greenfield man drowns in family pool 7/18

» Supporters lead the march to stronger band group 7/15

» West Allis woman arrested after stabbing, standoff Updated:  7/14

» Hale wins GMC consolation title; Engle fans 14 Lancers 7/13

» Whitnall athletic director takes new job 7/13

» Congressional schedule forces cancellation of Ryan visit 7/12

» 2 men hurt in suspected drug-related incident in West Milwaukee 7/10

» Greenfield PD receive grant to monitor pedestrian safety 7/8

» West Milwaukee building would include village financing help 7/8

» Hospital's donation request falls on deaf ears at City Hall 7/6

» West Allis revaluations postponed until 2013 7/6

» Neighboring businesses get OK for outdoor patio in West Allis 7/6

» Man assaulted during attempted robbery 7/5

» Tables turn during drug deal, police say 7/5

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