Driver dies, officer hurt in crash involving West Allis squad car

March 26, 2014 9:19 p.m. | A West Allis police officer injured in a crash in which an 81-year-old man died Wednesday has been released from a hospital.

According to West Allis police, the officer's squad car was westbound on W. Lincoln Ave. about 4:20 p.m. when it collided with the man's vehicle at S. 80th St.

The officer and the man, the lone occupant of the other vehicle, were taken to a hospital, where the man died, police said.

The officer was driving to investigate an accident at S. 87th and Lincoln when the collision occurred, according to a police department news release.

The crash remained under investigation late Wednesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office was also notified, police said.

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Armed man gives up to West Allis police

March 25, 2014 8:42 a.m. | The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is evaluating an incident involving a 47-year-old armed West Allis man who was involved in what was originally reported to police as a domestic dispute about 8 p.m. Saturday.

West Allis police were called to a residence in the 9400 block of Mitchell Street where the man was alone inside. Police surrounded the home and negotiations began, with the man ultimately leaving the home.

He received minor injuries as he was taken into custody and was taken to a local hospital, treated and released back into police custody.

No other injuries were reported.

2 Greenfield rental managers accused of first-month-free scam

March 25, 2014 7:46 a.m. | Two women who worked as managers of a Greenfield apartment complex are facing dozens of felony charges related to accusations they embezzled more than $100,000 in cash rent and other payments from tenants, a criminal complaint says.

Kim M. Pinnow-Johnson, 49, of Oshkosh and Kimberly L. Tokar, 32, of Greendale are each charged with 34 felonies related to forgery and theft.

Tokar is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. Pinnow-Johnson was booked into Milwaukee County jail on Monday, and online court records did not immediately show when she was due in court.

The women ran the local rental office for Heritage Village Apartments and are accused of falsifying corporate documents and forging tenants' signatures to steal cash rental payments, according to the criminal complaint.

The scheme entailed the women demanding that tenants pay their first month of rent in cash, then forging the tenants' names on a document detailing a free first-month's rent and pocketing the cash, police said in court documents. The woman are accused of embezzling at least $114,877.74 from September 2011 through August 2012.

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Smell gets worse in West Allis office building

March 21, 2014 4:31 p.m. | Everyone thought the sewer smell plaguing a West Allis office building would go away when two neighboring companies stopped loading up the sewer with wastewater, but the smell has only gotten worse.

For the last four or five years, employees at an office building housing We Energies, 500 S. 116th St., have felt ill and some have gone home sick, said Brian Manthey, We Energies spokesman.

Sewer fumes have emanated from restrooms but other fumes have come through the building's ventilation system.

The city has stepped in because of a possible health hazard. It notified the newer of the wastewater companies that the discharge limit was lower than it was pouring into the sewers and flows were reduced to the proper limit, Development Director John Stibal reported Tuesday to the Common Council Safety and Development Committee.

Another possible source of the smell is a plumbing leak and city officials had hoped that smoke testing would find one. Testing was done last week, but the plumbing proved tight, Stibal said.

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West Allis residents to clean up or shell out

March 21, 2014 3:27 p.m. | Within the month, a crackdown on those who invite rodents by leaving garbage around will come crashing down in West Allis with fines to get the cleanup message through.

Driven by an increasing rat problem on the city's east side that some say is spreading to other areas, the Common Council has ordered increased enforcement of city rules aimed at keeping garbage and trash away from animals.

Normally the city has bent over backward for residents, giving them chance after chance. But there can be no more Mister Nice Guy, said Michael Lewis, public works director.

The clear direction from the city Public Works Committee Tuesday was strict enforcement with almost no mercy, he said.

"That's what we'll do," Lewis said.

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'Sole Sisters' running club to hold expo April 5

March 21, 2014 1:03 p.m. | The "Sole Sisters" Womens' Running and Walking Club LLC will celebrate it second anniversary with the second annual "Sister's Vendor EXPO & Social"  to be held Saturday, April 5 at the West Allis Wisconsin Athletic Club from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

There will be 25 vendors including local artists, handmade crafts, jewelry, accesories, a fun photo booth, food samples, mini-massages, makeovers and manicures. Moms, sisters, girlfriends, co-workers, all are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to

West Allis tries to find way to allow café to serve cocktails

March 19, 2014 6:23 p.m. | Urban Joe's Café, which opened six months ago in downtown West Allis, could end up serving cocktails after all — that is, if the city can narrow the parameters enough so that it won't be deluged by similar requests for liquor licenses, which have already surpassed a self-imposed limit.

The Common Council originally denied the request by Urban Joe's owner Pullum Tairi for a liquor license, but pleas at the council meeting two weeks ago led to the request being sent back to the License and Health Committee, which met Tuesday night.

The committee was sympathetic, but told Tairi that if it goes further over the limit for him it will have to do so for anyone asking for a liquor license, thereby crippling the city's effort to reduce the number of taverns. (The city current has allowed 124 such licenses, four more than it wants.)

But noting that Urban Joe's is the kind of business the city wants to attract, especially to the downtown, the committee did some creative thinking, resulting in it finding a way to narrow the parameters for granting a license so much so that others would be unlikely to qualify. The Community Development Department is now working on the details and will come back to the committee and the Common Council.

Urban Joe's has become a popular breakfast and lunch spot. Tairi wants to serve cocktails to make the shop an attractive night time destination for business people and couples.

Crews clear crash that closed 2 right lanes of westbound I-894

March 14, 2014 2:28 p.m. | Crews have cleared a rollover crash that closed the two right lanes of westbound I-894 at S. 92nd St. in Greenfield. The lanes reopened at 2:20 p.m. after 55 minutes.

Capri di Nuovo opens in West Allis

March 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. | The former Capri restaurant, 8340 W. Beloit Road in West Allis, this week opened as Capri Di Nuovo.

Chris and Abby Paul opened the Italian restaurant with some of Capri’s original recipes — the restaurant was open for 45 years before closing in 2012 — but also included recipes of their own on the menu.

So, it has Capri’s lasagna ($10.99 a la carte) but also serves Italian beef sandwiches ($8.49) and both thin-crust and Chicago-style pizzas (starting at $7 and $13, respectively).

Capri di Nuovo is open for dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. daily, and serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The restaurant offers takeout, and hopes to start delivery in a few months. It takes reservations for parties of 10 or more. To contact, (414) 543-5510

Police unable to find woman on unlicensed scooter walking dog

March 13, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Police were called about a woman driving an unlicensed scooter on the wrong side of the street while walking a dog, but police were unable to find her March 7.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A resident called police dispatch to report a woman was driving an unlicensed scooter on the wrong side of the street while walking a dog on a leash in the 10300 block of West Howard Avenue at 2:50 p.m. March 7.

The caller told dispatch that not only should the woman not be riding in the road with an unlicensed scooter, but also she is making the dog run alongside her so fast it doesn't have time to stop and urinate.

The caller said the woman does this every day.

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Man says driver ran over him after angry exchange

March 07, 2014 11:20 a.m. | A man called police to report he was run over by a driver near 76th Street and Layton Avenue about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 27.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The man called police to report he was run over by a driver near Red Lobster on 76th Street and Layton Avenue at about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 27.

The man said he had to walk around a black truck that was parked over the sidewalk, and some angry words were exchanged between him and the driver before the driver ran over him.

The man said he then started walking toward the bus stop when the truck drove past him and the female passenger threw snow at him. The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on 76th Street.

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Police called in Greenfield neighbor dispute about snow fence

March 05, 2014 8:50 a.m. | A Greenfield resident called police to report her son was assaulted by a neighbor with a broom and the neighbor flagged down police car at about 2:25 p.m. March 2.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A resident in the 5600 block of South 43rd Street called police and said her neighbor struck her son with a broom and got snow inside of his truck.

The neighbor left before police arrived at the residence, but flagged down an officer on 43rd Street and Layton Avenue, and he claimed that the caller's son threw a can at him and assaulted him with a broom.

Police determined these complaints were part of an ongoing neighbor dispute, and the root of this particular problem seemed to be a snow fence between the two properties. Both the caller's son and the neighbor were given the option of both being arrested for disorderly conduct or dropping their complaints against each other.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Greenfield man challenges law after he's denied gun, carry permit

March 03, 2014 7:30 a.m. | A Greenfield man who was refused the purchase of a gun over a 14-year-old disorderly conduct conviction has challenged whether it meets the federal definition of a domestic violence offense.

Carmelo Terranova, 68, tried to buy a gun from a licensed dealer in April, and was rejected on the grounds that his 2000 conviction prohibited him from ever having a gun.  His application for a permit to carry a concealed weapon was also rejected.

The state Department of Justice affirmed the denial in August, and in September Terranova petitioned a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge to review the agency's decision.

Last week, the state Court of Appeals ruled against Robert W. Evans, another man who raised a similar challenge after he was denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and the opinion may now control the outcome of Terranova's claim.

Congress in 1996 banned people convicted of domestic violence from possessing guns, and some gun rights advocates have challenged the reach of the so-called Lautenberg Amendment ever since. It defines domestic violence as any misdemeanor that includes as an element the use or threat of force.

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West Allis Central boys survive Looney's huge output

March 01, 2014 11:08 p.m. | Everyone in the West Allis Central Fieldhouse knew Kevon Looney would be taking the final shot.

The UCLA recruit had already scored a season-high 44 points, and most in the gym probably thought Looney was going to make the long-range 3-point field goal to propel the Milwaukee Hamilton Wildcats to a victory over the host Bulldogs in a WIAA Division 1 regional title game on Saturday night.

Ultimately the shot did swish through the net as time expired, but not before it bounced off the back of the rim, bounded high up into the air, and caromed off a bracket that holds the backboard — an area considered out of bounds.

Thus, instead of kicking themselves for squandering a 16-point second-half lead, the Bulldogs celebrated an 84-82 victory while improving to 20-4 during what has been a memorable season.

"He's a great, great player, probably one of the best of all time to come out of Wisconsin," Bulldogs head coach David Mlachnik said of Looney. "I was scared when he released it. It looked on. I was hoping and praying it wouldn't go down because the kids worked their tails off tonight, and they have all season."

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