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Bunkers sets sights on new heights

Aug. 09, 2012 3:18 p.m. | Worry arose this week about the fate of Bunkers in downtown West Allis that had emailed regulars telling them that Bunkers would close Wednesday.

But Thursday owner Scott Bunker said the restaurant at 7420 W. Greenfield Ave. closed to transform itself into an entirely new establishment with a new concept and a new name. He said he was trying for an opening in the first week of October, but that depends on how soon a custom-made piece of kitchen equipment arrives.

Regular customers should be very pleased with the new restaurant, he said, that will keep all the favorites such as the Friday fish fries and the shrimp peel and eat on Wednesdays.

"We decided to get more casual and family-friendly," Bunker said.

The changeover, in the works for nearly three months, will include getting booths, adding televisions, changing the menu and adding different drink specials, he said.

Denny's coming to Highway 100 in Greenfield

Jan. 21, 2015 12:14 p.m. | Greenfield — A Denny's restaurant will be coming to Highway 100, as the Greenfield Common Council last week reversed its previous vote to deny a special use permit.

What turned the tide for her, said Alderwoman Shirley Saryan who voted against it originally but moved for restaurant approval Tuesday, was that the council received a better explanation of why the restaurant is asking to stay open 24 hours on holidays in addition to the 24-hours on Fridays and Saturdays. A 24-hour restaurant operation with a home nearby was a factor in the original 3-2 vote against the permit. With more information, Tuesday's vote to approve was 4-1.

Suspected getaway driver in deadly robbery tells police being helpful 'in her nature'

Jan. 19, 2015 10:55 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman told police she agreed to be the getaway driver in a deadly Waukesha armed robbery because, "it was simply in her nature to help people," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Jerica L. Cotton, 23, said she was being helpful to Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Darrin Malone, 28, when she drove them to the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., where Thomas allegedly shot clerk Saeed Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Jan. 13, according to the complaint.

Thomas was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and other counts. Cotton was charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

Malone, 28, who is considered armed and dangerous, was still at large Monday.

The three are suspected of a half-dozen armed robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, including those of a bank in Milwaukee and of a 7-Eleven store in the Town of Brookfield where multiple shots were fired.

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Whitnall heads to referendum on $29.4 million in facilities projects

Jan. 19, 2015 6:58 p.m. | Greenfield — The Whitnall School Board on Monday approved two referendum questions totaling $29.4 million for facilities needs.

The questions will go on the April 7 spring ballot.

The bulk of the $29.4 million would be an estimated $22.5 million for a new Hales Corners Elementary School to be built on the grounds of the current school.

One referendum question will ask voter support for borrowing up to $22.5 million for the new school.

The other will ask to borrow up to $6.9 million for Whitnall High School projects. They are renovating the swimming pool and locker rooms so that swimming meets could again be held at the school, air conditioning the gym and replacing exterior wall panels and some windows to complete energy efficiency projects at the school.

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2 arrested in fatal Waukesha Citgo robbery linked to violent spree

Jan. 16, 2015 5:35 p.m. | Waukesha police on Friday announced the arrests of two-thirds of a suspected violent trio believed responsible for the killing of a gas station clerk during a series of robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Jerica L. Cotton, 23, were arrested in connection with the robbery and shooting death of Saeed A. Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

Thomas, who is suspected of having fired the shot that killed Sharwani, was arrested by West Allis police executing a search warrant for Milwaukee police.

Cotton is suspected of being the getaway driver in the robbery.

Authorities are still seeking Darrin Malone, 28, and believe the three are responsible for at least six robberies in West Allis, Milwaukee, the Town of Brookfield and Waukesha, including that of a bank in Milwaukee and a robbery in the Town of Brookfield Jan. 10 during which multiple shots were fired.

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Whitnall ready to go for $29.4 million facilities referendums

Jan. 15, 2015 12:40 p.m. | Greenfield — Two referendum questions totaling $29.4 million are poised to go onto the spring election ballot for the Whitnall School District.

The School Board on Monday reached a consensus to go forward with referendums to address three major facilities. The board will take a formal vote on Monday, Jan. 19, when it will approve the actual referendum wording.

The bulk of the $29.4 million will be $22.5 million for a new Hales Corners Elementary School planned for the current school grounds. One referendum question will be whether to build a new school.

The second question will be on whether to do the remaining $6.9 million in projects at Whitnall High School. One of those will bring the swimming pool up to current standards so that swim meets are held there again. The others are air conditioning the gym and replacing worn exterior curtain walls and some windows to keep cold air out to better control temperatures.

The owner of a home worth $100,000 will pay $185 more in property taxes per year, if both referendums are approved, a district financial consultant estimates. That increase will remain for 20 years.

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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Hotel, retail/office, residential project proposed at Greenfield former school

Jan. 14, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Greenfield — A plan for a hotel, stores, restaurants, offices and multifamily housing was unveiled last week before the Greenfield Plan Commission.

The $90-million to $100-million development is proposed for Layton Avenue between 84th and 92nd streets and would cover the entire area from Layton Avenue north to Interstate 894, a tract of about 42 acres.

The area includes the former Chapman School and a 10-acre tract of farmland beside it plus an entire neighborhood of homes basically along Layton Avenue and the parallel east-west street, Chapman Avenue, plus side streets. There are about 38 homes in the development area, but perhaps not all would have to be purchased, developer Scott Yauck, president of Cobalt Partners, said.

He is offering more than the market price for the homes with everyone offered $360,000 per acre.

His goal is to buy as many homes as he can and hold off development around any homeowners who don't currently want to sell, he said. That could prove tricky, observed Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke.

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West Allis man's gunshot death believed to be self-inflicted

Jan. 12, 2015 4:05 p.m. | A 34-year-old man in West Allis is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Monday.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of S. 110th St. about 10 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man with a gunshot wound, according to a police news release. The man was dead by the time officers arrived.

The initial investigation by West Allis police and the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office did not turn up any evidence of foul play or any other people who may have been involved.

Whitnall School District closes because of cold

Jan. 08, 2015 9:14 a.m. | Hales Corners — The Whitnall School District closed its schools Thursday, Jan. 8 due to cold temperatures.

Whitnall schools join others in Milwaukee County to close due to extreme drops in temperature.

The district has not yet said if school will resume Friday, Jan. 9.

Report: Nathan Hale High School again evacuated after copycat bomb threat

Jan. 07, 2015 2:32 p.m. |  WTMJ4 reported that Nathan Hale High School in West Allis was evacuated for the second day in a row after a copycat bomb threat this morning.

The school was evacuated yesterday after a similar bomb threat. Police did not find any explosives.

Race for West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board only local matchup

Jan. 07, 2015 12:31 p.m. | West Allis — Five candidates will vie for three seats on the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board in the only local race in West Allis next April.

As of last week's filing deadline, challengers Wendy DuBois, 1326 S. 122nd St., and Stephanie Emons, 2054 S. 83rd St., had filed, along with the three incumbents Patricia Kerhin, 8711 W. Arthur Place, who is School Board president; Sue Sujecki, 12247 W. Verona Court; and Darlene Ziemendorf, 836 S. 91st St.

The spring election will be April 7.

School Board members serve three-year terms.

DuBois, a native of West Allis, said that with two children at Walker Elementary School and one at Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School she would like to be a voice for families with children.

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Whitnall School Board to be only local race in Greenfield next April

Jan. 07, 2015 12:12 p.m. | Greenfield — The only local race in Greenfield will be for the Whitnall School District that includes a portion of the city.

Three candidates had filed to run for two seats on the Whitnall School Board as of last week's filing deadline.

They are Kevin Stachowiak, 11912 W. Woodside Drive, Hales Corners, and the two incumbents, Eileen Valaitis, 9160 Wildflower Court, Hales Corners, and Quin Brunette, 12255 W. Black Oak Drive, Greenfield.

The election will be April 7. Whitnall School Board members serve for three years and receive $3,200 per year.

The three incumbents for both the Greenfield School Board and the Greenfield Common Council will run unopposed.

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Nathan Hale High School evacuated because of bomb threat

Jan. 06, 2015 1:49 p.m. | A bomb threat discovered in a bathroom about noon Tuesday prompted the evacuation of Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., according to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

The written threat stated that detonation would take place about 12:40 p.m., but West Allis Police were sweeping the building and had found no evidence of a bomb or made any arrests in connection with the incident as of about 1:30 p.m., district spokesman Brian Vissers said.

All of the approximately 1,700 students were evacuated safely. They were moved to nearby B & F Warehouse, 2075 S. 114th St., because of the cold.

Vissers said the high school dismissed students early from that location, at 1:30 p.m., because police weren't finished investigating the high school.

Vissers said no decision had yet been made on whether to hold after-school activities and athletics.

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Drunken driving suspected in West Allis crash that injured 3

Dec. 27, 2014 3:56 p.m. | Three men were injured early Saturday morning when a teenager suspected of driving drunk crashed a car into a tree, police said.

The 18-year-old Milwaukee driver was traveling north on S. 84th St. about 3 a.m. Saturday when he crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic and hit a tree in the 2500 block of S. 84th St. in West Allis, according to a news release from the West Allis Police Department.

Because of significant damage to the vehicle, the driver and two passengers were trapped inside and had to be extricated by firefighters from the West Allis Fire Department. All three were transported to the hospital for what appeared to be serious injuries, police said. Police did not provide the ages or hometowns of the passengers.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, police said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving causing great bodily harm and knowingly driving without a license, causing great bodily harm.

Police plan to refer the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges.

Man killed when struck by vehicle in West Milwaukee

Dec. 26, 2014 10:14 p.m. | A 22-year-old man was killed Friday evening when he was struck by a vehicle in West Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

The office was notified of the fatality at S. 45 St. and W. Greenfield Ave. shortly before 9 p.m., according to an official at the office.

No further information was available late Friday.

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