From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures

Dec. 27, 2011 9:43 a.m. | We have just posted our collection of News Photos of the Year and Sports Photos of the Year as selected by NOW staff photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga.

Browse the galleries to see images from some of the most newsworthy events of the past 12 months. You will also find some of the quieter, but no less photogenic events captured by our award-winning staff.

We also invite you to visit the links below to take a look back at the five most popular NOW photo galleries of 2011:

2011 Track and Field State Meet

Miss St. Francis pageant

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West Allis beating death suspects waive preliminary hearings

Dec. 23, 2011 12:52 p.m. | MILWAUKEE - It was a disturbing attack that was caught on a security camera.

Now the three suspects in the beating death of a man from West Allis waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Friday morning at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The beating happened near the corner of South 91st Street and West Lincoln Avenue.

Video showed Jeffrey Garnier savagely beaten and left for dead in the middle of the street.

"Words cannot even express how they left him, what they did to him," said Maryann Ostrenga, Garnier's sister.

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West Allis council already has plenty of candidates

Dec. 20, 2011 10:56 p.m. | There will be races in all five aldermanic districts in West Allis in the spring election.

All 10 incumbents on the West Allis Common Council had at least started the filing process for running for re-election as had seven challengers as of Tuesday afternoon.

However, Alderman Marty Weigel, District 2, was the only incumbent not to file a declaration of candidacy, although he did file a campaign registration statement. If he eventually decides not to run, he has until Friday to file a declaration of noncandidacy.

There still is plenty of time for candidates to file before the Jan. 3 filing deadline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, District 1 has incumbents Michael Czaplewski and Vincent Vitale and challenger Mark Nisenbaum; District 2 has incumbents Kurt Kopplin and Weigel against challengers Scott Bunker and Cathleen Probst; District 3 has incumbents Gary Barczak and Richard Narlock against Jon Keckeisen and Michael May; District 4 has incumbents Thomas Lajsic and Daniel Roadt and challenger Linda Dobrowski; District 5 has incumbents Rosalie Reinke and James Sengstock and challenger Richard Sujecki.

300 cases of food to be donated Monday to West Milwaukee church

Dec. 18, 2011 8:54 p.m. | More than 300 cases of food will be donated Monday to a Lutheran church in West Milwaukee that provides food to homeless veterans and others.

Several pallets filled with canned fruit and vegetables and other food will be donated to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5500 W. Greenfield Ave., at 6 p.m. Monday. The food will be used primarily for homeless veterans, said Pastor Pres Hoffman. The church's food pantry serves about 250 people each week, and a weekly breakfast serves about 175.

The food valued at roughly $10,000 is being given by an anonymous donor. Firefighters will help unload the food and a band will provide music. A military dog and its handler also are expected to attend.

Health care facility, offices could bring 300 jobs to West Allis

Dec. 16, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A $37 million development, including a health care facility and corporate headquarters, is being proposed for West Allis.

Developer Tarantino & Co. would build four buildings, totaling 200,000 square feet, on 7.5 acres between Greenfield and National avenues, west of S. 65th St., said John Stibal, West Allis development director.

Stibal declined to identify the tenant for the development because Tarantino doesn't yet have a signed lease. The buildings, ranging from two to four stories, would bring about 300 jobs to West Allis, he said.

The proposal was discussed during a closed session at this week's meeting of the city Community Development Authority board. The board didn't take any action on the proposal.

State law allows government agencies to go into closed sessions to discuss real estate negotiations. Tarantino is proposing the development for a city-owned vacant parcel.

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Lancers nip Bulldogs, take half-game lead in GMC

Dec. 15, 2011 10:10 p.m. | Brookfield Central rallied with two minutes left to play and beat a talented West Allis Central team, 52-49, in West Allis Thursday night.

The Lancers improved to 4-0 (5-1 overall), one-half game ahead of Wauwatosa East (3-0, 5-0). The Bulldogs fell to 2-2, 4-3 overall. The game was played tonight because the prestigious Ed Stech Wrestling Tournament is at WAC the next two days.

Najeal McMillian, the Bulldogs star player, put in a rebound shot and was fouled with 2 minutes to play, giving WAC a 48-46 lead and BC called time out.

After the time out, McMillian sank the free throw for a 49-46 lead, but that was the last score for the Bulldogs.

Seth Mortag drove the lane for a score and after the Bulldogs lost the ball, Riley LaChance went inside and banked in a shot for a 50-49 lead with 55.8 seconds left.

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4 arrested in West Allis beating death

Dec. 13, 2011 7:36 p.m. | Two men, a youth and a woman have been arrested in connection with the beating death in West Allis of Jeffrey Garnier.

West Allis Police identified the four as a 38-year-old woman and males 47, 18 and 17 years old. Because the four haven't been charged, the Journal Sentinel is not naming them.

Police said an anonymous tipster led them to the four, and when arrested they gave authorities "complete statements about their involvement in this homicide."

All four are West Allis residents, and the older man and woman and the 17-year-old all lived together.

Garnier, 57, of West Allis, was beaten in the 9100 block of W. Lincoln Ave.

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West Allis couple were making date rape drugs, records allege

Dec. 12, 2011 6:10 p.m. | When police in hazmat suits conducted a drug bust Wednesday afternoon in the 1300 block of S. 116th St. in West Allis, they found chemicals and other materials used for making a so-called date-rape drug, court records say.

According to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant, the 32-year-old female resident of the townhouse said she and her 38-year-old boyfriend are addicted to the date-rape or designer drug GHB, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

Police received several tips that the boyfriend was manufacturing drugs in a clandestine lab in the home, the affidavit shows.

The man, who works as a bouncer at a West Allis strip club, was convicted of manufacturing and delivering designer drugs in 2002, court records show. He was sentenced in 2003 to three years and two months in prison plus up to nearly seven years on extended supervision. As a condition for his supervision, he had to remain sober and not possess, consume, sell or distribute controlled substances. He was supposed to be released from his parole supervision on March 21, 2013, the affidavit states.

Nobody was at the woman's home when police arrived to search it shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads

Dec. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Which squads are the best basketball teams in the area?

You'll find the answers at our Roundball Rankings page, home to a rundown of the top 20 boys and girls teams, the player of the week, photo of the week, area scoring leaders, a fan forum and more.

Germantown (4-0) is the top team in the boys rankings this week while Dominican (3-0) is rated the best girls squad.

City calculates cost of near riot at fairgrounds

Dec. 09, 2011 2:50 p.m. | The near riot on the first night of the Wisconsin State Fair resulted in at least $30,000 in additional West Allis police overtime, city officials estimate.

Although violence didn't erupt after that first night, police had extra patrols in neighborhoods around the fair and took other security measures, including setting up a command post inside State Fair Park for the event's remaining 10 days.

That first night, dozens if not a couple hundred black youths went out of control, first beating each other, then beating whites as they left the fair. They stopped traffic, banged and walked on cars. Some robberies also were reported.

West Allis gets money annually from the fair to help provide year-round security and help with municipal costs associated with having the fair in West Allis, said City Administrator Paul Ziehler. The city and the fair negotiate the amount to go to the city, which is in the second year of a five-year agreement, he said.

The cost of providing services to the fair varies, Ziehler said, but generally the negotiated amount is equitable to both sides. He didn't see a reason to try to reopen negotiations to increase that payment unless this kind of expense recurs year after year.

Tax bills will be less taxing for most in West Allis

Dec. 08, 2011 4:24 p.m. | Property tax bills are on track to be mailed this weekend, so West Allis residents and businesses will soon see how the mix of tax levies and credits actually affect them.

The total 2012 combined tax rate for all six taxing units is $26.14 per $1,000 of assessed value. That tax rate is 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed value higher than this year, bringing the property tax tab up $4.50 for the owner of a home assessed at $150,000.

However, larger lottery and first dollar credits - which are a combined $9 higher for 2012 - will more than wipe out that increase. Because of the larger credits, all taxpayers with properties assessed at less than $300,000 will pay less. That $300,000 is the break-even point where the higher tax bill is $9 and the increased credits are $9.

In terms of percentage, tax rates for the city (up 1.5 percent) and Milwaukee County (up 0.7 percent) were offset by decreases from the schools, MATC and the state. The rate for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District stayed the same.

Reward is increased for tips in West Allis slaying

Dec. 07, 2011 9:12 p.m. | With the help of the victim's family and friends, West Allis police have increased their reward to $10,000 for anyone who can help lead them to the person or people who killed Jeffrey P. Garnier on Nov. 20.

Police also revealed Tuesday that they are seeking information about a white or light-colored car that may have left the scene with its lights off and was possibly used in connection with the killing.

Garnier, 57, of West Allis was brutally beaten in the 9100 block of W. Lincoln Ave. by four unknown men and died of complications from his injuries Nov. 25.

A passing motorist found Garnier unconscious and unresponsive in the road at 2:33 a.m. Nov. 20 and called police to report a person with a possible head injury.

Police determined Garnier had been drinking. He was taken to Aurora West Allis Medical Center, where medical staff determined he had suffered a stroke. He died five days later at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

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Drug teams conduct at West Allis location

Dec. 07, 2011 6:18 p.m. | Two people were taken into custody today following a raid in the 1300 block of South 116th Street that police say turned up chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs.

The raid, which took place at 2:30 p.m., involved the West Allis and Milwaukee police departments, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group and the West Allis Fire Department.

As a precaution, part of 116th Street was initially blocked off as entry teams went in wearing hazardous materials protection suits.

There was no one in the building at the time, but authorities took two suspects in to custody at another location.

Police released no details about what chemicals or how much were confiscated. The investigation is continuing.

Reward upped in suspected homicide

Dec. 06, 2011 2:26 p.m. | The family and friends of Jeffrey Garnier, whose death on a street in West Allis is under investigation as a homicide, have raised $8,000 to bring the total West Allis Crime Stoppers reward for information to $10,000.

The reward increase was announced at a press conference today at the crime scene, 92nd Street and Lincoln Avenue. The sister of the victim, Mary Ann Ostrenga was present.

Surveillance video shows Garnier, 57, of West Allis was approached for four males as he crossed the street about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 20. One of them struck him, causing him to fall to the pavement, police said.

He subsequently died Nov. 25, with an autopsy indicating the cause as blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Investigators are asking for help from the public to solve the case. Anyone with information should contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000. If they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for the $10,000 reward, they can contact the West Allis Crime Stoppers tipline at (414) 476-CASH (2274).

West Allis, Franklin car dealerships expanding

Dec. 06, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Two separate car dealerships along state Highway 100, in West Allis and Franklin, have expansion plans.

In West Allis, International Autos has proposed to expand its Audi dealership to 10606 W. Arthur Ave., where Boucher Nissan previously operated, according to a report filed with the city Plan Commission. The Audi dealership is at a neighboring property, at 2400 S. 108th St.

International Autos plans to remodel the former Boucher building, and add around 5,600 square feet of showroom and service space. The entire building would have 22,682 square feet when completed.

Meanwhile, the Boucher Volkswagen dealership, at 6420 S. 108th St., would add 13,884 square feet under a proposal filed with the Franklin Plan Commission.

That building, which would be renovated, now has 16,060 square feet.

Residents begin receiving new garbage carts

Dec. 05, 2011 5:34 p.m. | Starting today, new garbage and recycling carts will start arriving at Greenfield homes, but residents shouldn't use them just yet.

On Jan.1, Greenfield will begin a five-year residential garbage and recycling contract with Johns Disposal Service of Whitewater. This contract will serve residential properties of four units or less.

The new carts, which will be delivered throughout the month, shouldn't be used until after the last refuse collection in December.

The new carts will be picked up by an automated arm mounted on new trucks that have been purchased to serve Greenfield customers.

Red Raiders hang on, tip West Allis Central in GMC opener

Dec. 02, 2011 10:24 p.m. | Wauwatosa East beat West Allis Central, 59-56, in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams Friday night at East.

The Red Raiders led by 10 points, 44-34, going into the fourth period, as they were in control for most of the game. But the talented Bulldogs battled back and missed a shot in the final seconds that could have tied the game.

But Jarvis Garrett (7 points), Darvell Brown (6) and Ron Turkvan (5) combined for 18 of the Bulldogs' 22 fourth-quarter points.

Tosa East's senior guard Diamonte McKinley had seven of his 14 points in the fourth period and junior Anthony Carroll had five of his 19 points to hold off the Bulldogs.

Garrett led all scorers with 20 points, while Turkvan and Brown had 10 each. Marquise Carter, a junior guard, added 11 points for the Red Raiders.

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What is your favorite holiday song? Tell us in our online forum

Dec. 01, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Do you have a favorite holiday song? We'd love to hear which ones you most enjoy and why.

Just visit our forum and let us know which songs you find yourself listening to again and again. It might be a a tune that reminds you of your childhood, or maybe a certain song that brings to mind a lost loved one or family tradition.

We'll be keeping an eye on the comments and will use some as part of a special feature that will appear this holiday season online and in your local NOW newspaper.

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you might want to check out our photo gallery of recent holiday-themed activities.

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