It's safe to say West Allis fire officials didn't take kindly to suggestions their Fire Department would not be up to the task of battling blazes in Milwaukee.
In a letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the city's Police and Fire Commission, the West Allis Police and Fire Commission criticized remarks the Milwaukee fire union president made on WTMJ radio.
The letter quotes union President David Seager as saying West Allis and other suburban fire departments would not have "the wherewithal to conduct urban firefighting."
Several suburban fire departments, including West Allis, were called to cover Milwaukee firehouses last week as firefighters battled the large fire at the Pizza Man restaurant on Milwaukee's east side.
"It's blatantly clear that these communities, if called upon, to respond to a working structure fire of any nature within the city of Milwaukee, they would have extreme difficulty," the letter quotes Seager as saying on Jeff Wagner's afternoon WTMJ radio show.» Read Full Article
Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.
But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.
The West Allis man shot by police after he allegedly brandished a gun at officers and pointed it at his girlfriend was charged Wednesday with multiple offenses.
The charges against Michael D. Seifert, 51, include recklessly endangering safety, failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take a person into custody, domestic abuse and disorderly conduct.
According to a criminal complaint:
Seifert and his live-in girlfriend of 12 years began quarreling at their residence in the 1700 block of S. 70th St. about 1 a.m. Saturday.
Seifert armed himself with a shotgun and demanded that his girlfriend leave before slapping her in the face. His girlfriend left but returned a short time later to find Seifert still armed.» Read Full Article
A 65-year-old man is facing a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety after he allegedly became intoxicated, accused local motel managers of being "terrorists" and threatened them with a steak knife.
Martin B. Shapiro, whose address was listed as Bayside on court documents but who reportedly had been staying at the Hideaway Inn in Greenfield, was formally charged June 3 in Milwaukee County District Court for an incident that occurred on May 30.
According to the police report:
At about 9:15 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a screaming woman who stated that a man just threatened her with a knife at motel, 5105 S. 27th St. The woman asked for police to come quickly because the man with the knife was out in the parking lot with her husband and she feared for his life.
An officer arrived at the motel within less than a minute and observed a man running through the parking lot towards Edgerton Avenue, with another man running about 10 feet behind him holding a steak knife in his hand. The officer recognized the assailant as a resident of the inn due to previous complaint calls from earlier that day.» Read Full Article
The U.S. Attorney's Office is seeking federal charges against a Milwaukee man who was arrested for armed robbery at a local pet store last month.
According to a Greenfield police report:
The man was arrested after he entered Petco, 4950 S. 76th St., pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money shortly after the business closed for the day May 13.
The suspect then pushed the employee into a front office, where the store manager was counting money, forced both the employee and manager to the floor, then threatened and kicked them several times before binding their hands and feet with zip ties.
While the robbery was in progress, another employee ran to the back receiving area of the store and dialed 911. As a result, Greenfield police were waiting for the suspect as he fled the store with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash.» Read Full Article
It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.
Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.
photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.MyCommunityNOW.com has just updated its
The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.
Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.
The typical church partnership in large metro areas usually involves affluent suburban churches sharing their resources and talents with poorer central city congregations. Now, a new Milwaukee initiative is turning that on its head.
SeedFolks Youth Ministry and Alice's Garden, the successful growing community that fills an entire city block near N. 20th and W. Garfield Ave. in Milwaukee, will develop a second location at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4330 s. 84th St., in Greenfield, according to SeedFolks founder Venice Williams said.
The project, which reunites Williams and the Rev. Ingrid Huebner, who had worked together at Cross Lutheran Church, aims to create a space for neighborhood residents to grow food, build community and connect with the congregation, according to Williams. It will also house additional herb gardents for the Alice's Garden Healing Herbs product line.
Contrary to the typical church partnership dynamic, says Williams: "This partnership lifts up the gifts, resources and knowledge of an urban ministry that can be duplicated and lived into in a suburban context."
A 38-unit apartment development is being proposed for West Allis.
Developer Chris Miller, of Hartland-based Miller Marriott Custom Homes LLC, wants to build a pair of two-story buildings, with 19 units each, on 2.2 acres on the west side of S. 92nd Street, immediately north of
the railroad overpass between W. Mitchell and W. Rogers streets, according to a city Plan Commission report.
Miller would demolish two homes and a garage on the site to make way for the new development, called 92nd Street Commons. The estimated project costs are $3.3 million.
92nd Street Commons would include 50 parking spaces, which is 10 fewer spaces than normally required by the zoning code.
"The developer’s target market is the empty nesters and singles who typically only have one car," the report said. The Plan Commission is to review the proposed development at its Wednesday meeting.» Read Full Article
A 15-year-old bicyclist struck Saturday afternoon by a vehicle in New Berlin has died, police said.
The Greenfield girl was crossing Sunny Slope Road from the New Berlin Recreation Trail when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle heading south around 4:30 p.m. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she died Sunday.
The girl's name was not released.
Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, New Berlin police said.
West Allis police said Saturday that a man remains in custody for questioning as they investigate the death of a 63-year-old woman found dead in the hallway of her apartment building Friday.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office continues working with detectives and will determine the cause and manner of death at the conclusion of their investigation, West Allis Police Chief Charles Padgett said in a statement Saturday.
The 63-year-old woman lived in the building in the 7400 block of W. Washington St., where she was found shortly after 1:30 p.m., police said Friday.
WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reported that the apartment complex is for people with mental health issues.
Padgett also announced that a Chicago man, Henry Davis Jr., 27, has been charged with two bank robberies and a liquor store holdup in the city in April and May.
West Allis officials are encouraging business owners and residents to the third set of open house public meetings on Interstate 94 options that could have a crucial affect on the city.
Officials want the on- and off-ramps at 70th/68th streets and at 60th/Hawley Road preserved as they are now partly so that businesses won't be harmed and partly because of fears that West Allis residents will be stuck in backups getting onto the freeway at rush hours.
The open houses will be held next week by the state Department of Transportation.
While most of the I-94 alternatives being considered do include restoring the existing I-94 ramps at 70th/68th and 60th/Hawley, the cheapest alternative does not include all of these ramps. City officials hope to encourage the DOT not to choose the cheapest alternative.
The first open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wisconsin State Fair Park's Tommy Thompson Youth Center, gate 5, at 640 S. 84th St. The second open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave.» Read Full Article
A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held for the Greenfield Farmers Market at 4:30 p.m. May 23 in Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., where the market will be held.
Actually, the groundbreaking will not be for any structure, but for the path that will be created to lead to the market. Because the path also will serve the Dan Jansen Family Fun Fest, the festival board has been part of the celebration planning.
Path construction is to begin immediately after Jansen Fest on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 26, at Konkel Park. Weather and construction permitting the path should be ready for the market's opening day, June 23..
The Greenfield Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 offering a variety of products including fresh produce,
salsas and sauces, natural soaps, dressings, bakery and baked goods.
With the launch of a farmers market in Greenfield a little more than a month away, the Planning Committee is encouraging people to volunteer to help make the market a success.
Volunteer positions may include Farmers Market ambassadors during market hours, photographers and promoters.
A volunteer interest and feedback meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave., room 204, for those who might want to volunteer at or learn more about the farmers market.
The meeting will provide an update on market logistics and promotion plan, provide volunteer opportunities and allow time for feedback and discussion.
Those interested in attending, should email firstname.lastname@example.org.» Read Full Article
WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).Greenfield police have arrested a 36-year-old man who is accused of trying to rob a Petco store on S. 76th St. Monday night, reports
The robbery occurred about 9 p.m. Monday. Employees were tied up, but one was able to call police, the station reports.
shot and killed during a drug transaction, Milwaukee police said Thursday.A 20-year-old West Allis man was
Samuel J. Bussanich was shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday while driving a car in the 2400 block of N. 23rd St. A 16-year-old boy from Milwaukee was arrested and the case was referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office Thursday, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said.
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