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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).

Auction for YMCAs called off after no new bidders emerge

6:31 p.m. | No new bidders emerged for the four YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee centers the organization plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, so an auction set for next week has been canceled, agency officials announced Monday.

No new qualified bidders to submitted offers by a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement issued by the Y.

The next step is for a court hearing Sept. 30 to consider approval of the existing offer to purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, Tri-County in Menomonee Falls and West Suburban in Wauwatosa by the YMCA of Central Waukesha County for $7 million in cash at closing, plus a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

At that time the court will also consider the offer by the Kettle Moraine YMCA to purchase the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville for $2 million cash at closing.

"The process has reaffirmed that the offers from the Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Y's represent the fair value of these properties," said Julie Tolan, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

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2 lanes remain closed from crash on eastbound I-94 at Highway 100

5:55 p.m. | Two right lanes remain closed due to a crash on eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 100 and S. 108th St. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is responding.

Financing nailed down for hotel/banquet facility in West Allis

9:59 a.m. | West Allis officials have announced the closing of financing for construction of a $13.3 million hotel/banquet center at 82nd Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Groundbreaking is expected soon on a 101-room Hampton Inn & Suites with a 9,200 square-foot banquet facility. The project is anticipated to be completed by July 2015.

The closing represents a significant milestone in the efforts of West Allis to attract quality development and a name-brand hospitality provider to the community, officials said in a news release announcing the financing.

"It's been a community goal to bring a hotel and banquet facility to West Allis," Mayor Dan Devine said in the news release. "The financial package was very innovative and it took a great deal of team effort to bring this project to the finish line."

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

South Milwaukee football dominant over Greenfield

Sept. 19, 2014 11:11 p.m. | There was a time not too long ago when qualifying for the WIAA playoffs was an unattainable goal for the South Milwaukee football team.

Now, it's old hat.

With their most dominant victory of the season, a 42-7 trouncing of the Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks at home Friday, the Rockets improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Woodland Conference East Division.

Senior running back Ian Pribyl rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season after an 11-year postseason absence. But all that matters little with four regular season games remaining.

"If I'm completely honest, it means nothing right now because our goals are set on facing those opponents on the West side (division of the Woodland Conference) and getting ourselves an outright conference championship," first-year Rockets coach Derek Hoff said.

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Police called when man urinates himself while sleeping in movie theater

Sept. 18, 2014 11:25 a.m. | Police were called after a man urinated himself while sleeping in a movie theater Aug. 30.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A manager at Budget Cinema, 4475 S. 108th St., called 911 to report a man urinated in a movie theater at 9:10 p.m. Aug. 30.

The responding officers spoke to the manager, who said the man was found sleeping in his chair with a puddle of urine around him after the movie ended. The manager also said another patron said they could smell alcohol on him.

Police spoke to the man, who showed no signs of intoxication or impairment, and he stated he had fallen asleep during the movie and believed he wet himself while sleeping.

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Greenfield lets gravel parking lot for mosque stay for now

Sept. 17, 2014 3:45 p.m. | On a split vote, the Greenfield Common Council reversed a Plan Commission recommendation and allowed a gravel parking lot that acts as an overflow lot for the Al-Huda mosque to stay, at least for a few months.

Due to worries about drainage and that the growing mosque might start encroaching on the residential neighborhood where it is located, the Plan Commission had recommended removing the lot. But opinion was divided as the recommendation came on a split vote.

But instead, the Common Council decided on Tuesday to let the lot stay until May. The action will enable the council learn at a public hearing what people think about allowing the lot to become permanent if it is paved. That hearing will be in December. The Plan Commission had recommended the hearing, although nixing the gravel lot.

The Al-Huda mosque is at 5073 S. 43rd St.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies

Sept. 12, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Depth and heart won out for the Greenfield football team on a cold and soggy night in Shorewood, as the Hustlin' Hawks football team overcame a 12-0 deficit on the strength of big defensive stops and an electrifying 95-yard fourth quarter TD run by Ezekial Banks to pull out a 20-12 victory over the host Greyhounds.

"We saw some of this two weeks ago when we fell behind 14-0 to Pius (only to pull out a 20-14 victory)," said Greenfield coach Joe Koch. "We're a two-platoon team. We're not as or as fast or as strong as other teams, but we do have big hearts.

"The kids knew that they could come back, and they didn't quit."

The win was the third in a row for the Hustlin' Hawks as they improved to 3-1 while Messmer/Shorewood (Messwood), fresh off its first Woodland win in many years last week against Whitnall, fell to 1-3.

Greyhounds' coach Drake Zortman said his team just ran out of gas.

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Drainage might sink overflow mosque parking in Greenfield

Sept. 10, 2014 3:06 p.m. | A temporary and partial solution to an overflow parking problem around the Al Huda Mosque, 5073 S. 43rd St., Greenfield, may be gone soon.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended 5-2 that a temporary parking lot be removed due to concern about adverse affects on drainage. The recommendation will go to the Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, a second request to change the city's zoning and land use plan to allow the temporary parking lot for the growing congregation to become permanent will go to a public hearing, the commission decided. The hearing will be at one of the Common Council's December meetings.

The temporary lot is gravel and covers the backyard of a home two doors down from the mosque. The gravel lot touches the edge of the regular mosque lot that extends in "L" shaped fashion around the home next door to it. The intent is to pave the lot and put in measures to handle drainage, if the city approves the zoning and land use changes.

Time constraints delay Greenfield consideration of Meijers super store

Sept. 10, 2014 3:05 p.m. | Due to time limitations, the Greenfield review of the proposed Meijer grocery/general merchandise super store proposed for where the Mount Carmel nursing home stood was put off until Oct. 14.

The Greenfield Plan Commission took the action Tuesday when it originally had planned to review the development. A public hearing will be held before the Common Council at one of its November meetings.

The super store needs planned unit development approval, plus site, building and landscaping approval and special use approvals for the store and for a free-standing gas station/convenience store, for alcohol sales in the grocery store and for pharmacy drive-up and outdoor display and sales.

The store is proposed for 5700 W. Layton Ave.

Annual meeting approves nearly no-increase Greenfield school levy

Sept. 09, 2014 9:14 a.m. | After no comments Tuesday from the eight residents who attended the Greenfield School District budget hearing and annual meeting, they and the seven-member School Board approved a virtually no increase $23 million property tax levy for the 2014-15 school year.

The School Board will officially certify the levy Oct. 27 after crucial enrollment counts and state aid numbers are in.

The $23,151,996 levy represents a 0.16 percent increase over last year's levy which was down 7.4 percent, due to higher state aid.

About $1 million more state aid is expected for the 2014-15 school year, helping to offset the $2.5 million or 5.43 percent hike in general fund spending. The general fund is regarded as the operating budget.

The total school budget for 2014-15 is $47,824,123.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Man shot while driving in Greenfield dies

Sept. 03, 2014 4:36 p.m. | A fatal shooting ended in a car crash that closed a Greenfield intersection for several hours Wednesday, police said.

Around 1 a.m., a car crashed into a sign in the parking lot of the AAA Wisconsin building on the corner of S. 27th St. and W. Bottsford Ave., near Cold Spring Road.

When police arrived, they found two people in the car injured, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt. The driver, a 26-year-old Palmyra man, later died at Froedtert Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Police did not release his name pending notification of his family.

The passenger, a 27-year-old man, was hospitalized for severe injuries sustained in the crash, Wentlandt said. The passenger, who was not shot, remained at St. Luke's Medical Center. He is expected to survive.

Police found bullet casings along almost a quarter of a mile of 27th St., between Plainfield Ave. and the scene of the crash, Wentlandt said.

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Man who lured teen sex victims via Facebook club gets 225 years

Sept. 03, 2014 3:53 p.m. | A case the prosecutor called one of the worst she'd seen in more than 20 years of handling sex crimes also earned the offender an extraordinary sentence — 225 years.

The more-than-life term should mean previously convicted child molester Robert Wayne Huber will never get another second chance.

"It's a message to him, and to the community," said Miriam Falk, who prosecuted the case.

Huber, 45, had barely left prison and was living at a halfway house in the spring of 2013 when he set up a Facebook club called Kittens Inc.

By the fall, he had used it to lure teenage girls as "members," and wound up exploiting two of them to the point he videotaped himself engaging in bondage sex acts with them, then threatening them and their families harm if they told parents.

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