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Emerald ash borer found in Greenfield

Feb. 14, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Emerald ash borer has been found in Greenfield, the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Thursday.

The finding on S. 43rd St. in the 5500 and 5600 block, just north of W. Ramsey Ave.,is near the discovery announced Tuesday in neighboring Greendale and was not unexpected, the agency said.

The agriculture department said that distinctive S-shaped galleries were found on ash trees. The galleries are evidence that larvae had burrowed beneath the bark.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive pest responsible for the death odf tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States.

The insect or its larvae have been discovered so far in 13 Wisconsin counties, including Milwaukee County. The other counties are Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

Retired deputy chief becomes new West Allis police chief

Feb. 13, 2013 2:04 p.m. | The West Allis Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday named retired West Allis deputy police chief Patrick "Rick" Balistrieri as the new chief of police to succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.

"The field of candidates was outstanding," Joseph Kempen, commission president, said in a press release announcing the commission's decision.

"And we wish to express our gratitude to all the fine candidates that were a part of this selection process," he said.

Balistrieri retired from the department more than a year ago.

In Jungbluth's absence, Charles Padgett, who had been deputy chief in charge of operations, has been serving as interim police chief. Padgett and Balistrieri were the top two candidates remaining for the job.

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