Man investigated for growing mushrooms in West Allis trailer park

Feb. 26, 2012 6:04 p.m. | The West Allis Police Department is investigating a 25-year-old man for growing psilocybin mushrooms in his trailer.

According to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant released late last week:

Police received a call from someone who said a man in a full-body sterile suit was removing six storage containers of mushrooms that he planned on selling. The caller said the man was growing the mushrooms in his trailer.

When police arrived Tuesday morning at the Hillside trailer park in the 10200 block of W. Greenfield Ave. they saw several windows covered with cardboard and sheets.

The man wasn't home, but police talked to his 23-year-old boyfriend, who "became visibly nervous" and red in the face when police explained why they were there. They said the man's voice crackled and his hands began shaking as police interviewed him.

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Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Greenfield takes closer look at condo assessments

Feb. 23, 2012 1:20 p.m. | Condominium owners in Greenfield, many of whom have seen their property values drop, may soon see their property taxes drop as well.

Because condo prices have fallen more than the prices of homes and other kinds of property during the housing slump, Greenfield will take a comprehensive look at condo values and make any needed adjustments.

The city does smaller readjustments every year so that taxpayers pay their fair shares. But city assessor Eric Miller said the condo area needs a more extensive study.

The Greenfield Common Council approved the study, estimated to cost $30,000, last night.

Suspect arrested in Greenfield fires set 30 minutes apart

Feb. 22, 2012 9:08 a.m. | A 60-year-old Milwaukee man is being charged with two counts of arson for allegedly setting fires at two Greenfield businesses on South 27th Street within a 30-minute period on Feb. 16.

According to the police report, firefighters responded to a fire in a restroom at Arby's, 4841 S. 27th St., at 4:50 p.m.

The firefighters were still on the scene at Arby's when a second call came in at 5:10 p.m. from a witness who stated he observed a man starting a fire in a dumpster at Guaranty Bank, 4661 S. 27th St.

The witness told police the man set the fire and started walking toward a nearby Burger King restaurant.

Police quickly located the suspect at Burger King, where he was arrested and taken into custody.

Bomb squad called to West Allis trailer park

Feb. 21, 2012 10:29 p.m. |  

 Staff photo by C.T. Kruger

 Staff photo by C.T. Kruger

West Allis Police called in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department bomb squad Tuesday evening after being confronted by what appeared to be an explosive device during the execution of a search warrant.

Shorlty after 7 p.m., West Allis police evacuated the trailer park area at the Hillside mobile home park at 10211 W. Greenfield Ave. 

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Survey gives officials a glimpse at problematic behaviors in schools

Feb. 21, 2012 12:46 p.m. | The results of the sixth West Allis-West Milwaukee Youth Risk Behavior Survey gave the School Board information Monday night on everything from how safe kids feel in school to their obesity rate.

Among the findings were that 28 percent of high school boys reported that someone tried to hit, punch or kick them on school property in the past 12 months. Correspondingly, 15 percent said they were threatened or actually injured by someone with a weapon such as a gun, knife or club at school in the past year.

Overall, 45 percent of both boys and girls in high and intermediate schools strongly agreed that harassment and bullying are a problem at school.

But the survey of students in grades 8 through 12 had some positive news, too. One bright ray of hope was that the percentage of students who have tried cigarettes plummeted from 44 percent in 2004, the first year of the survey, to 26 percent in 2011.

The survey had a response rate that varied between 15 and 21 percent of students in each grade.

Developer asks school district to release land

Feb. 21, 2012 12:38 p.m. | A developer is asking the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board if it will release about 4.5 acres of vacant land to the New Berlin School District so that all of the apartment buildings it wants to construct can be in the same school district.

The Thomson Corp. plans to build four apartment buildings on the land located on the south side of National Avenue approximately between 132nd and 136th streets in the city of New Berlin.

One building would be in the New Berlin School District and the other three in the WA-WM district. Thomson officials want all four to be in the New Berlin district, as are the other 14 apartment buildings in the Stonegate Apartments complex.

Dean Frederick, Thomson vice president, told the West Allis School Board Business Services Committee on Monday night, said children living in those apartments there could study together and go to the library together if they are all in one school district. Families also could move within the complex without worrying about their children having to change schools, he said.

Taxes are the same for both school districts, Frederick said, and the only taxes West Allis would lose would be on vacant land.

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Hale science team will compete at state

Feb. 20, 2012 6:34 p.m. | The Nathan Hale science team won the Regional Science Olympiad recently and is now headed for the state competition, which will be held March 31 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Team members who won the regional competition are Nick Yan and Jeremy Maciolek for chemistry lab; Katerina Javtic, Nick Yan and Katy Kostich for protein modeling; Rachel Martin, Katerina Jevitc and Dan Nelson for experimental design; and Rachel Martin and Becca Schmidt for tower.

West Allis's top cop will retire this year

Feb. 20, 2012 6:30 p.m. | West Allis Police Chief Michael Jungbluth will retire at the end of the year, capping nearly 30 years with the West Allis Police Department.

By that time, he will have served almost five years as police chief, having risen up the ranks from patrolman over his career.

Jungbluth, 53, said he notified the Police and Fire Commission of his retirement so early so that it will have plenty of time to find a successor.

But he said otherwise it's too early to be talking about retirement.

"There are a lot of challenges we have to go through," in the coming year, Jungbluth said.

DOT plans open house to discuss Greenfield Avenue work

Feb. 20, 2012 1:28 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a Feb. 29 open house concerning road work on Greenfield Avenue from 97th to 124th streets that will take place over the next two years in West Allis.

Members of the project team will be available to answer questions and concerns during the open house, which will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Madison Elementary School, 1117 S. 104th St. The project limits and construction schedule were recently adjusted to help aid in traffic flow during the Zoo interchange project.

The plan is for construction of the western section between 124th and 106th streets to start after the State Fair in August and finish at the end of November. The project will involve resurfacing the road, adding or extending left turn lanes, improving traffic signals, converting parking lanes to bicycle lanes and improving transit facilities. Greenfield Avenue will remain open in each direction, with lane restrictions during some stages of the project.

Construction for the eastern section between 106th to 97th streets will take place in 2013 and will involve reconstructing the Interstate 894 interchange and bridge. Additional work includes replacing the existing roadway, adding or extending turn lanes at 101st Street, improving traffic signals, converting parking lanes to bicycle lanes and improving transit facilities. During construction, the Greenfield Avenue bridge over I-894 and most ramps to and from I-894 will be closed.

Those unable to attend the open house may contact Jason Lynch, project manager, by phone at (414) 750-0538 or by email at

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