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Ex-Greenfield police officer fined for throwing suspect into jail cell

Nov. 27, 2013 12:06 p.m. | A former Greenfield police officer was fined $1,500 Wednesday and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service for violently throwing a woman into a jail holding cell in July.

Thomas Roszak, 30, who was suspended following the incident, resigned from the department Nov. 1. He was initially charged with felony misconduct in office but pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor battery as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro also imposed, but suspended, a 30-day jail sentence for Roszak, meaning he could be forced to serve that aspect of the sentence if he fails to meet the other conditions within six months.

In contrast to Roszak's attorney and the prosecutor's characterization of the offense as a shove, Yamahiro, who watched video of the incident, said it was more like the victim was thrown "like a sack of potatoes," according to her attorney.

Amanda Luke, 30, of Oak Creek had been arrested on charges of driving while revoked, and with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration and fleeing an officer.

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Greenfield officer resigns as part of plea in excessive force case

Nov. 20, 2013 3:54 p.m. | A Greenfield police officer has resigned as part of a plea agreement to resolve criminal charges filed against him for throwing a woman violently into a jail cell.

Thomas Roszak, 30, was scheduled to enter a plea to a lesser charge and be sentenced Wednesday, but the case was reset to Nov. 27 because of an ongoing jury trial before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro.

Roszak was charged in September with misconduct in office, a felony, in relation to the July 27 incident, but is now expected to plead to a misdemeanor charge.

Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt suspended Roszak after the incident, and he resigned from the department Nov. 1, Wentlandt said.

Amanda Luke, 30, of Oak Creek, had been arrested on charges of driving while revoked, and with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration and fleeing an officer. According to the complaint against Roszak, he had removed Luke from a holding cell for booking, but when he ordered her to return to the cell she placed her hands on his chest and addressed him with a vulgarity.

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WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online

Nov. 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. | We've just updated our 2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.

Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.

Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.

2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery

Greenfield postpones debate on cell tower in residential neighborhood

Nov. 13, 2013 2:01 p.m. | A Greenfield Plan Commission discussion of a controversial cellphone tower proposed for a residential neighborhood had to be put off Tuesday because the AT&T application for the tower was not complete.

Four nearby residents came to Tuesday's meeting to object to the more than 70-foot tower. Typically, cellphone towers are not erected within residentially zoned areas, but this one would be on the property of a neighborhood tavern, which has commercially zoned.

AT&T has said it wants to erect the tower because the area has no or weak reception for its cellphone network.

Provided that the application is complete, the Plan Commission will welcome comments on the tower at its Dec. 10 meeting, when the matter is expected to be discussed again. However, an official public will be set for a later date.

Woman calls 911 to complain that she was shorted gas

Nov. 12, 2013 2:51 p.m. | A woman called 911 in Greenfield because she said she was shorted gas when her gas gauge didn't go up much after putting $10 in her tank.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The woman was at BP Gas, 4405 W. Loomis Road, about 9 p.m. Nov. 8. She called 911 to report she was having a dispute with the attendants at the station.

When police arrived on the scene the caller said she got shorted on gas because her gas gauge didn't go up much after she put $10 worth of gas in her tank.

The responding officer advised the woman that her complaint was a civil matter.

View snow photos from social media users

Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. | Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.

And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.

Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.

Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll

Nov. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.

Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.

Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.

West Allis school district buys defunct Heritage Christian building

Nov. 05, 2013 2:33 p.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is buying a former Heritage Christian School building and likely will turn it into a new middle or elementary school.

The School Board unanimously approved the purchase of the property for nearly $1.9 million Monday night, Superintendent Kurt Wachholz said. Wacchholz said the market value of the building, which is in foreclosure, is about $5 million.

"It is a significant opportunity for us at that price," he said in a telephone interview.

Wachholz said only minor repairs such as painting would be needed, according to a property evaluation that was done. He said he expects the building could be used as a school in fall 2014, and community recreation programs could begin soon after the purchase.

The original building at 1300 S. 109th St. was built in 1921 and remodeled in 1960. The school district sold it in 1987 to Heritage Christian Schools, which completed a $9 million, 38,000-square-foot expansion in 2006 before running into financial difficulties.

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Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.

The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.

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