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Greenfield police searching for Subway robber who implied he had weapon

Jan. 28, 2014 12:43 p.m. | Greenfield police are trying to find a man they have identified as the person behind a robbery of Subway on Jan. 20.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A man entered Subway, 4166 S. 108th St., and implied he had a weapon in his pocket and attempted to rob the business at 4:50 p.m. Jan. 20.

The man, who was wearing a dark hoodie, blue surgical mask and some type of bandana over his eyes, took a black veggie container before fleeing the business.

A police dog tracked him to 108th Street and Cold Spring Road, where it appeared he got into a vehicle. Police have identified the man and were trying to find the known him at the time of the report.

Weather prompts postponement of Greenfield school land sale meeting

Jan. 28, 2014 11:22 a.m. | A Greenfield School District special meeting focusing selling and swapping the former Chapman School property has been postponed due to severe cold weather.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, but will now be at 6 p.m. Feb. 10.

School Board President Bruce Bailey and Superintendent Lisa Elliott said the district wants as much resident input as possible, and this week's bitter cold would reduce that input.

A Greenfield School Board meeting that was to have been held Monday also has been rescheduled to Feb. 10 and will follow the special meeting.

The Greenfield schools were closed Monday and will be closed Tuesday because of severe cold.

Emmett Till exhibit Saturday chronicles murder of black teen in Mississippi

Jan. 24, 2014 4:11 p.m. | An exhibit depicting the aftermath of a 1955 murder that helped spur the American civil rights movement will be showcased Saturday at an open house at the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District administrative building, 1205 S. 70th St..

The event, held from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., comes near the end of a month-long run for the Emmett Till Traveling Exhibition, which has been on display at the district since Jan. 6. It will be taken down Feb. 7.

Emmett Till, the exhibit's namesake, was a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago who was kidnapped and murdered in 1955 while visiting relatives in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who were tried for the crime and acquitted by an all-white jury, later confessed their guilt.

The newspaper articles and headlines that resulted form a significant part of the exhibit's 10 freestanding panels, which also include family photographs, oral histories and personal correspondences.

Saturday's open house will feature historical presentations by West Allis-West Milwaukee students who have conducted research related to the exhibit, according to a district press release. Artistic and musical performances and a guest lecture by Devery Anderson, who wrote a forthcoming book on the murder, are also planned.

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Marquette High student Von Rueden dies after cancer fight

Jan. 22, 2014 10:06 p.m. | Greg Von Rueden, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2012 and fought the disease courageously with the support of his family, friends and the local club volleyball community, died Wednesday.

His death from bone cancer was reported on the West Allis Lightning Volleyball Club website, his family's CaringBridge website and on the Facebook page of Marquette University High School.

Von Rueden, 15, of New Berlin, was a student at Marquette University High School, the same school Purdue University engineering student Andrew Boldt, who was shot and killed on Tuesday, attended.

"It is with heartfelt sadness that we pass along the very sad news that Greg Von Rueden lost his battle with cancer today. Greg passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family," the Lightning website reported.

"His strength through this horrible battle was beyond inspirational and he will always be on our club's sidelines.

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Wisconsin State Open Powerlifting Competition photo gallery now online

Jan. 20, 2014 8:58 a.m. | Do you think you have what it takes to do a bench press lift?

A 78-year-old did, and he tried it in our Wisconsin State Open Powerlifting Competition photo gallery.

You can view him and other men and women from the Midwest who came to compete in the daylong competition Jan. 18 in Whitnall High School in the MyCommunityNOW photo gallery of the competition.

West Allis apartment community adding 115 units

Jan. 20, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Toldt Development Inc.'s Six Points apartment community, in West Allis, will add 115 units under a $10 million proposal pending before city officials.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments will be in two four-story buildings, to be developed on 2.6 acres south of W. National Ave. and west of the West Allis Farmers Market, at S. 66th St., according to a city report.

Six Points already has four buildings with 178 units south of W. Greenfield Ave. and west of S. 65th St.

Construction is expected to begin this spring, with a completion date in the spring of 2015.

Toldt is proposing 128 underground parking stalls and 138 surface stalls for the site. The base layer for the parking areas is already complete, and acts as an environmental cap as part of the environmental cleanup work that was done on the site last summer, the city report said.

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East pounds Bulldogs for first GMC victory

Jan. 17, 2014 9:27 p.m. | Wauwautosa East used 19 points from senior Katie Salmon and 16 from sophomore Bailey Berlin to pound West Allis Central, 60-24, and win their first Greater Metro Conference game of the season.

The Red Raiders also went over the .500 mark with a 5-4 record and improved to 1-4 in the GMC while WAC fell to 0-5 and 1-10 overall.

With East winning, 6-5, Salmon picked up her second foul with 4:25 left in the quarter. But instead of folding, the Red Raiders took off, as tiny point guard Berlin scored 12 straight points to give East an 18-7 lead at the quarter.

First she hit a 3-pointer, then she scored on a fastbreak. She then nailed another 3 and closed it out with a 4-point play, as she sank a 3-pointer, was fouled and she sank the free throw.

Salmon added another talented sophomore Maya Walls scored five to spark a 17-2 run in the second quarter for a 35-9 lead at halftime. Salmon scored eight points in the third for a 51-21 lead going into the final period.

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Falls takes control of GMC wrestling race with 44-21 win over Hale

Jan. 16, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Anyone who knows anything about the Menomonee Falls wrestling team knows that their strength is in the lower weights.

But Thursday night against defending Greater Metro Conference dual meet champion West Allis Hale, it was the big guys who supplied the decisive muscle as the Indians avenged a bad defeat to the Huskies last season with a decisive 44-21 victory.

Jake Fuiten at 182 pounds (5-3 decision), Brandon Schafer at 195 (pin) and James Dow at 220 (pin) put the final touches on a meet win that was pointed to ever since last year when the Huskies came into the Falls gym and thumped the Indians.

However, when the freshman Schafer's 46-second pin clinched the triumph, the tables were turned and the Falls' bench collectively bounced to its feet in joy.

"Last year was exactly the same atmosphere (at Falls), the noise, the excitement with both teams going 100 percent," said the senior Fuiten. "But this year things went our way. We got the luck of the draw and we were able to set our line-up the way we wanted."

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Mother, son reunite as adults photo gallery now online

Jan. 16, 2014 10:34 a.m. | Barbara Jean Osterman reunited with her son, Glen Denlinger of Greenfield, for the first time as adults Jan. 14 after giving Denlinger up for adoption in 1972.

View the MyCommunityNOW photo gallery of their reunion.

Capri in West Allis to reopen as Capri Di Nuovo, possibly in mid-February

Jan. 13, 2014 8:12 a.m. | A couple will reopen the former Capri restaurant, 8340 W. Beloit Road, as Capri Di Nuovo, perhaps as soon as next month.

Chris and Abby Paul have bought the building and will open their Italian restaurant after renovating the interior and exterior. They plan to use some of Capri's recipes while adding their own.

Chris and Abby Paul bought the building in December and hope to open their Italian restaurant as soon as mid-February, after renovating the interior and exterior. 

Chris Paul said the building has been gutted; it will get a new kitchen and dining room, and restrooms will be added to the first level. 

The exterior will be spruced up as well, with new paint, awnings and landscaping in spring. 

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Armed man arrested on New Year's Day

Jan. 08, 2014 10:21 a.m. | At about 5:14 p.m. on New Year's Day, the West Allis Police Department received a report of a disturbance at a residence in the 1100 block of 62nd St. that involved a man inside with a firearm.

Officers surrounded the residence and made contact with him. The SWAT team was there but man surrendered without incident by 9 p.m.

Joshua R. Jashinski, 33, West Allis, faces five charges filed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office — two for second-degree recklessly endangering safety and one for domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse disorderly conduct and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, West Allis police said.

Woman breaks tooth trying to enter what she thought was her car

Jan. 08, 2014 8:45 a.m. | A woman broke her tooth after trying to get into what she thought was her car, but turned out to be another person's vehicle Jan. 5.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A woman called 911 to report that a man pushed her down and knocked out her tooth when she tried getting into her vehicle and found someone else inside of it in the parking lot at Scott E's Pub, 3800 S. 108th St., about 11 p.m. Jan. 5.

The responding officer discovered the woman was highly intoxicated and was actually trying to get inside someone else's car, started arguing with them and then fell and broke her tooth. The woman's car was never parked in the lot.

No citations were issued and she was turned over to a sober family member.

Teen files for seat on Greenfield School Board on 18th birthday

Jan. 06, 2014 9:00 a.m. | On his 18th birthday Dec. 27, David Pettersen entered adulthood by fulfilling a public-service goal.

The Greenfield High School student filed candidacy papers to run for the Greenfield School Board.

"I have been eagerly awaiting my run for School Board for three or four years now," the young candidate said in an email interview.

"I'm running to make a difference in our community by focusing on the things that really matter — like being a strong advocate for the hard-working taxpayers, students, parents and teachers that make up our great community," Pettersen said.

His main goal would be improving Greenfield's performance on statewide academic tests.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee schools to be closed Monday due to cold

Jan. 03, 2014 6:02 p.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has announced that its schools will be closed on Monday due to extremely cold weather.

The closure includes all after-school activities and West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department activities.

2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online

Jan. 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban sports.

Germantown boys basketball, Muskego boys soccer, Menomonee Falls girls volleyball, New Berlin West boys baseball, Shorewood and Brookfield East boys track and field and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall gymnastics teams all won state titles.

From football and basketball to wrestling, track and swimming, NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW covered many meets, games and invites. 

And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban Sports Photos of the Year gallery.

Neighbors call Greenfield police on each other after snowblowing dispute

Jan. 02, 2014 9:10 a.m. | Greenfield police were called after one resident reported that her neighbor was blowing snow onto her property.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A resident of the 12000 block of West Carpenter Avenue called police to report her neighbor was blowing his snow onto her property at 6:55 p.m. Dec. 22.

A few minutes later the neighbor called 911 to report the original female caller was now outside and swearing up a storm at him for his snow-blowing techniques.

Officers responded to the scene and discovered the female caller was concerned about a pile of snow that was left in the corner of her yard by the street. Police advised both parties to leave each other alone.

West Allis police arrest man after standoff at home

Jan. 01, 2014 9:34 p.m. | West Allis police arrested a man following a standoff that lasted several hours Wednesday evening.

Officers were sent to a home in the 1100 block of S. 62nd St. shortly after 5 p.m. for a report of a disturbance involving a man armed with a gun. Police secured the scene, contacted the man inside the home and arrested him without incident at 9 p.m. The man's name was not released.

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