West Milwaukee man dies in Waukesha County crash

May 28, 2014 10:08 p.m. | A 50-year-old West Milwaukee man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle crash Wednesday in the Town of Eagle, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office.

The crash was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. on County Highway N, north of Wilton Road, after the vehicle the man was driving left the roadway and struck a tree, according to a news release.

The man was the only person in the vehicle, and the crash remained under investigation late Wednesday, according to the release.

Still no answer for speeding on Howard Avenue in Greenfield

May 28, 2014 6:18 p.m. | A proposal to replace a controversial mid-block traffic circle with a raised intersection to slow down speeders met with a lukewarm reception from neighborhood residents at Greenfield's Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday.

The city and residents have struggled for months to come up with a way to slow speeders down on a portion of Howard Avenue. The circle is between 39th and 40th streets. Residents had many objections to the circle, with the main one being that they have lost street parking in front of their homes where the circle is. They also said the circle creates a safety hazard and doesn't work that well to slow traffic.

The raised intersection is a gentler version of speed bumps or speed tables. Cars go up an incline into the intersection and down to street level on the other side. Objections to the raised intersection focused mainly on bumpouts included in the plan. Bumpouts would narrow the intersection so drivers slow down.

However, the bumpouts would take away two parking spaces on each side of the intersection. Officials had argued that the homes losing the spaces are at corners and can park on the side street.

The staff will come back to the board July 22 with alternatives. They might include a version of the raised intersection, raised crosswalks, a more sophisticated form of a mid-block traffic circle, more speed limit signs, some with LED lights, or even speed bumps, Sokol said after the meeting.

Greenfield police warn neighbors about fight over 'no trespassing' sign

May 27, 2014 2:03 p.m. | Greenfield police warned neighboring residents in a fight about "no trespassing" signs May 18.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A resident in the 4000 block of West Granada Street called police to report his neighbor was harassing him at 9:05 a.m. May 18.

The caller said his neighbor approached him and told him he needs to talk to him or he is going to take him to court.

Police spoke to the neighbor, who said he was upset over the "no trespassing" signs in the caller's yard, saying he is unable to sell his house because of them and wants them taken down.

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Joe Koch takes over Greenfield head football coaching position

May 27, 2014 12:35 p.m. | Success has followed Joe Koch through his 30 years of high school football coaching.

Koch's coaching road has led through strong tenures at Whitefish Bay Dominican, Oak Creek and Pius XI, and now it is taking him to Greenfield High School.

He accepted the head football position with the Hustlin' Hawks this week, taking over for Scott Otto, who resigned last month.

Both sides are happy with the arrangement.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Greenfield community as the new head football coach of the Hustlin' Hawks," Koch said in a statement. "We will build a team based on unity, discipline and the importance of every individual.

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Man found guilty in West Allis teen sex exploitation case

May 21, 2014 9:41 p.m. | Last summer, teen girls in West Allis were buzzing about a Facebook group called Kittens Inc., an all-girls club that was supposed to be "about supporting each other and being kind."

It was the furthest thing from that.

Prosecutors say convicted child molester Robert Wayne Huber Jr., 45, had created the club to attract vulnerable young girls, two of whom he repeatedly videotaped as he engaged them in sex in his room at a halfway house in Riverwest.

The crimes unraveled after a West Allis Hale High School student left her Facebook page up on an unattended computer and someone else read messages and told authorities. Huber, who was using the name Alex Adon, was arrested on Halloween outside a Kmart.

On Wednesday, a jury took less than an hour to find him guilty of 25 felonies, including sexual assault of a child, child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, exploitation and physical abuse of a child.

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Missing man found in lake died of drowning, autopsy says

May 21, 2014 2:47 p.m. | Preliminary autopsy results show that a 33-year-old West Milwaukee man found in Lake Michigan on Tuesday died from freshwater drowning, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

John Moebs, last seen at Brother's Bar on Water St. on May 3, was identified through fingerprints and no evidence of injuries or trauma was found, authorities said Wednesday.

Police and dive teams with the Milwaukee Fire Department were called to the lakefront about 8 a.m. Tuesday after Moebs' body was found near Lincoln Memorial Drive and Lagoon Drive.

Body found in lake said to be that of missing West Milwaukee man

May 20, 2014 11:08 p.m. | A person walking Tuesday morning along Milwaukee's lakefront reported a body floating in the water, and authorities have identified it as that of a missing West Milwaukee man, according to a Facebook page launched after his disappearance.

The man, John Moebs, 33, was last seen at a Water St. restaurant in Milwaukee in early May.

"Milwaukee police and West Milwaukee police have confirmed that the dead body pulled from Lake Michigan belongs to John P. Moebs," the Facebook post says. "Identification card was found with the body. Medical Examiner is running dental records."

Police and dive teams with the Milwaukee Fire Department responded Tuesday around 8 a.m. after the body was found near Lincoln Memorial Drive and Lagoon Drive. An area at McKinley Park was roped off while authorities investigated.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office also responded to the scene, and police said results of an autopsy are pending.

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Greenfield police seeking suspect in armed robbery at gas station

May 13, 2014 8:47 a.m. | Police are seeking a man who fired a handgun during a robbery at a Greenfield gas station on Saturday evening, May 10.

According to the police log:

Greenfield police responded to Ken's Shell, 5909 S. 27th St., after multiple 911 callers reported a man with a gun had just robbed the business at about 10:55 p.m.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a blue hoodie, a ski mask, blue jeans with two large holes on the back of the legs, white tennis shoes and was carrying a backpack. According to an employee, the suspect fired a shot while exiting the business.

A customer who witnessed the robbery told police he took the keys out of a vehicle that was left running in the lot, and the suspect was seen fleeing the area on foot.

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Johnson Controls to develop West Allis office

May 06, 2014 11:20 p.m. | Wisconsin's largest company is adding a major office operation at a former industrial property in West Allis, bringing hundreds of jobs to that site.

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. plans to lease a newly renovated building at Renaissance Center, 801 S. 60th St., company and city officials said Wednesday.

Company spokesman Fraser Engerman declined to provide information about what types of jobs would be located in West Allis.

City Development Director John Stibal said West Allis officials, who canceled plans for a media conference about what they called a major company relocation, didn't have any details.

One source familiar with the project, who spoke only on a condition of anonymity, said the West Allis office would have about 800 jobs, with over half of those new hires.

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Masked man reportedly attempts to grab jogger near Greenfield Park

May 06, 2014 10:35 a.m. | A masked man attempted to grab a female jogger in Greenfield Park in West Allis on Monday night, police said in a news release Tuesday.

The woman was able to flee after the man placed her in a bear hug. She described the suspect to police as a white male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a large build and wearing a black ski mask. The suspect drove away in a white van westbound on Lincoln Ave.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious people or behavior around parks in West Allis should call the West Allis Police Department, at (414) 302-8000.

Greenfield High School head football coach resigns

May 01, 2014 2:59 p.m. | Scott Otto, who has served as the head football coach at Greenfield High School since 2010, has resigned his coaching duties as of Tuesday, citing professional reasons.

He made the statement:

"In the interest of doing the best job possible for the school district as the associate principal and athletics and activities director at Greenfield High School, I've decided to step down as the head football coach.

"In the four years that I have served as the coach, the Hawks' football program has grown and improved, and the program is well-prepared for future success. I am proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to seeing the current players prosper on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Otto will remain as the associate principal and athletics/activities director and the school district will begin seeking a football head coach, immediately.

Police called after motorists fight over parking spot at Old Country Buffet

May 01, 2014 8:17 a.m. | A woman called police after a driver backed up and almost struck her vehicle in order to get a parking space at Old Country Buffet on April 21.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The woman was in the parking lot at Old Country Buffet, 4902 S. 76th St., about 5 p.m. April 21, when another driver backed up and nearly struck her vehicle. The other driver was trying to get a parking space.

The woman said she honked her horn at the other driver, who then "flipped her off" and told her, "Why don't you die?"

The woman then became frustrated and made sarcastic comments to the other driver.

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