hhgregg wants to open a store in Greenfield in a building that once housed a Circuit City store.Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer
HhGregg, a publicly traded company with stores in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast, will come before the Greenfield Plan Commission on Sept. 13 with a proposal for the vacant building at 4585 S. 76th St.
The 40,000-square-foot building most recently was the site of an Ultimate Electronics store. That store closed shortly after opening when the company filed for bankruptcy. More recently, Pawn America wanted to open a store there but was turned down by the city.
Gregg will need approval for site changes from the city. Greenfield Community Development Director Chuck Erickson expects both the Plan Commission and the Common Council to favor the hhgregg proposal.
The Greenfield store would be part of a big move into the region by hhgregg. The company will open 14 stores in the greater Chicago area on Sept. 15. Including those openings, the company will have 204 stores in 16 states.
Commercial Bargains Inc., 2005 S. 54th St., West Allis, was just named to Inc business magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States, coming in at number 1,628.
Commercial Bargains Inc. sells all kinds of consumer products, including exercise machines, hammocks, Himalayan salt lamps and hunters tree stands online. The company also offers products to businesses.
The Brookfield Bulldogs used four home runs - two each from Scott Booth and Jeff Lueck - to crush the West Allis Nighthawks, 16-0, Saturday afternoon at McCoy Field.
Leading, 2-0, through three innings, Brookfield exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning, as Lueck led the inning off with a solo homer and then eight hitters later slammed a 3-run homer.
Scott Booth homered in the third, had an RBI-single in the fifth and then slammed a lead-off homer in the seventh to spark a 16-hit attack.
Jason Rutz singled, doubled and tripled, walked and scored twice, Kris Franzen had two singles and two RBIS, Earnest Castro singled, had a SF and walked three times, Mike Jacobs singled twice, scored three times and drove in a run and Andy Monigal singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run.
Josh Eidt pitched a complete game victory, striking out seven, allowing three hits, walked two and hit a batter.» Read Full Article
After allowing a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Whitnall defense slammed the door on Cudahy on the Packers' final three possessions to earn a 36-35 victory Friday night.
Whitnall senior quarterback Luke Mentowski earned his first victory as a starting signal caller, putting four interceptions behind him to throw for three touchdowns and run for another.
Angel Rameriz, a freshman making his first start at quarterback for Cudahy, threw for three touchdowns himself.
West Allis police continued to urge local businesses Friday to consider locking their doors during a rally planned by a neo-Nazi group for the Labor Day weekend.
The afternoon rally Sept. 3 at the West Allis City Hall is in reaction to black-on-white violence, such as the attacks that occurred earlier this month on the opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair, according to a local representative of the National Socialist Movement, which is organizing the event.
The representative, who lives in New Berlin and would identify herself only as Harriet P., said it is unfortunate that the "In Defense of White America Rally" has caused West Allis merchants to worry.
"It's a shame," she said. "We want to have a nice, peaceful rally."
The group's website, however, is sounding a more combative tone.» Read Full Article
The Village of Greendale announced Thursday the official closing of its agreement with Southridge Mall owner Simon Property Group on renovations to the mall, and the village's role in helping finance them.
“The closing of this agreement is one more critical step toward officially renovating and transforming Southridge,” said village President John Hermes, in a statement.
The work to renovate the mall for a new Macy's department store, and make other improvements, has already started.
The $52.5 million project was announced in May.
The Village Board in December agreed to give $10 million to Simon to help finance the work.» Read Full Article
A fire caused heavy damage to an apartment building in Greenfield Wednesday afternoon, but everyone who was inside the building is believed to have escaped without injury, a fire department official said.
One firefighter was treated for heat-related stress during the fire at the 24-unit building near S. 88th St. and W. Layton Ave., Greenfield Fire Department Interim Chief Jon Cohn said.
Eight of the units sustained heavy damage and at least four sustained secondary smoke and water damage, Cohn said.
The fire appeared to have started in the rear of the structure, however the cause of the blaze was under investigation, Cohn said.
Fifteen residents were displaced by the fire and the Red Cross was called to the scene to assist them, Cohn said.» Read Full Article
Greenfield police were called to a heated meeting of the city's school board Monday night, where the board was discussing changes that resulted from Wisconsin's new collective bargaining law, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reported.
According to the station, a large contingent from the Wisconsin Education Association Council showed up and not everyone could fit into the meeting room.
The meeting was marked by angry exchanges between union and school board members, who wanted the meeting moved.
When the board would not move the meeting, union members began chanting and police were called, the station said.
Greenfield police confirmed they were called to the meeting by a school board member who reported that attendees were getting loud, but said there were no incidents and police left after about 30 minutes.» Read Full Article
Guidance counselor Dan Carr will take over as Glenwood Elementary School principal in Greenfield, succeeding the retired Jeff Krumbein.
Carr has been with the Greenfield School District for 20 years, most recently serving as a guidance counselor.
Originally, Lisa Elliott was to move over from being principal of Maple Grove Elementary School to being Glenwood's principal. The School Board approved the switch this summer. But Elliott subsequently took a position with the Nicolet School District.
Village of Hartland – A Catholic priest at a West Milwaukee church is facing possible charges for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior in a hot tub at the Lake Country Racquetball and Athletic Club in Hartland last week.
The suspect, a 45-year-old Milwaukee man, was a priest at Holy Hill in Hubertus and was recently transferred to a church in West Milwaukee, according to Hartland police.
An 18-year-old Genesee man told police the man allegedly inappropriately touched him while in a hot tub Aug. 17 and when he got out of the hot tub. Police questioned the priest, who admitted he did touch the man, the report said. Police are recommending the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office charge the priest with fourth-degree sexual assault.
Greenfield stumbled early in its season opener at Waukesha North, and by the time the offense found a rhythm, it was too late. The Northstars handed Greenfield its fourth consecutive season-opening loss with a 27-10 victory Friday night.
North scored on the game’s first possession on a nine-play, 48-yard drive capped by senior C.J. Blackburn’s 7-yard touchdown run. Blackburn, pulling double duty at wide receiver and running back, also scored the second of North’s four touchdowns on a 25-yard scamper with 4:57 left in the first half.
North senior running backs Kermit Hernandez and Jake Thein added second-half rushing touchdowns to build a 27-0 lead. Greenfield got on the board midway through the fourth quarter on senior running back Andy Lucas’ 1-yard touchdown run, and senor kicker Alex Bosl connected on a late 32-yard field goal.
Greenfield was without senior right tackle and Northern Illinois commit Josh Ruka, who was out with an ACL sprain. Ruka is expected back for next week’s matchup with Pewaukee.
Certainly new Germantown football coach Jake Davis will sleep a lot more easily this evening.
For after not getting a wink the night before his first game at the Warhawk helm, the team went out and rewarded his hard work with a through, almost immaculate 56-0 rout of Whitnall on parents' night Friday.
"I got a couple of hours this morning but that was about it," Davis chuckled afterward. "Just too much on the mind."
The players labored hard to ease their new coach's mind.
"No, no," said senior quarterback Josh Mongan, who was eight of 11 this night for 139 yards and two TDs. "You never want to start a new coach on a bad note. It felt great. We needed to get it done right for him (Davis)."» Read Full Article
Zach Smith ran for 201 yards and a pair of long touchdowns and linebacker Eric Seefeldt made a series of crucial defensive plays, including an interception return for a score, as the West Allis Hale football team downed Cedarburg, 33-26, in its season opener on Friday night.
The Huskies never trailed in the non-conference matchup against the traditionally-strong Bulldogs, who were the WIAA Division 2 state runner-up a year ago.
Smith got things started with a 67-yard touchdown run on Hale's second series. Taylor Manz hit the extra point for a quick 7-0 lead.
After Cedarburg tied it at 7-7 on a pass from Joey LePak to Matt Johnson late in the first quarter, Hale answered with two scores in the second period.
Quarterback Dan Sotiros, taking over for the injured Steve Kopet, ran in from seven yards on a draw play, then Seefeldt returned an interception for 51 yards and a score shortly before halftime, making it 20-7.» Read Full Article
After West Allis Central raced out to an early 18-0 lead on the road, Waukesha Catholic Memorial roared back with 39 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs, 39-18, at Carroll College to open the 2011 football season on Friday.
Central started off fast as senior Joe Fogl sprung free to block a punt, and teammate Jerrell Muse picked up the ball and took it 15 yards for the game’s first score. On Memorial's second play from scrimmage following the blocked punt, senior Zach Michalski undercut his defender, intercepting the ball and taking it 50 yards for a touchdown.
Central was clinging to a one-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter but as time wore down, so did the Bulldogs' offensive and defensive lines. Memorial quarterback Charlie Walsh gashed the defense for big plays with both his feet and arm. Three quick strikes by Memorial in the less than four minutes turned a seven point deficit to a comfortable victory.
A Greenfield man already facing a fourth charge for drunken driving now faces another charge after driving drunk to a meeting with the case manager monitoring his sobriety.
Daryl L. Paradowski, 50, also was charged Friday with 5th offense driving with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration and bail jumping for violating terms of his release for the previous charge, according to a criminal complaint.
Breathalyzer test determined Paradowski had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12 Tuesday after showing up for court-ordered monitoring at Wisconsin Community Services, the complaint states.
A level of 0.08 is legal proof of intoxication for motorists in Wisconsin.
Paradowski, who had been ordered to maintain complete sobriety, admitted that he drove to the session before the keys to his pickup truck were confiscated and he was arrested, according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
The new Pick 'n Save across from the Spring Mall has opened while officials continue to find a tenant for the supermarket's old location in the shopping center.
On Tuesday, the last detail - the Greenfield Common Council's approval of the transfer of a liquor license from the old store to the new one - was completed, allowing the shelves to be fully stocked.
As part of its grand opening celebration this week, Pick 'n Save donated $5,000 to the Greenfield Library Foundation.
Meanwhile, both Roundy's Supermarkets Inc., which operates the Pick 'n Save, and Spring Mall owner Centro Properties are trying to find a new anchor tenant for the old spot, which Pick 'n Save has a lease that extends into 2012.
Making it more difficult to find a tenant is that the space will have to be remodeled from its grocery store design, said Greenfield Director of Economic Development and Planning Chuck Erickson.
The Greenfield Police Department will offer concealed carry training to the community in anticipation of the new concealed carry law going into effect in November.
In addition to offering instructions on how to safely handle firearms, police will also discuss how to keep out of legal trouble by making the proper decisions on the use of deadly force.
"We would much rather have our residents attend the training than simply use a hunter safety class they attended 20 years ago to fulfill the training requirements," Interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said in a news release.
Training will consist of six hours of classroom and practical exercises. Students will learn the legal aspects of concealed carry, weapons familiarization and ways to safely carry a firearm. The class will conclude with practical exercises using simulated weapons - real firearms that shoot a modified round with small paint cartridge.
The costs for the four Saturday sessions - Oct. 15, Oct. 24, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 - is $100 for Greenfield residents and $150 for nonresidents. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Additional classes may be added based on demand. To register, contact the Greenfield Police Department at (414) 761-5357.
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A 46-year-old Greenfield man was arrested Tuesday after a Milwaukee police detective discovered that the man had repeatedly downloaded child porn to his computer, according to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant.
From early June to early July, the man downloaded at least four photos to his computer depicting children as young as 4 and up to age 13 being sexually assaulted, the search warrant shows.
The man, who turns 47 later this month, is held in the Milwaukee County Jail on $10,000 bail. Charges are pending.
More than $5,900 was raised in the 14th Mini-Golf Invitational to benefit the Partners of Greenfield Parks and Recreation.
About 70 golfers took part in the Aug. 13 event at the River Falls Family Fun Center.
Proceeds will go to benefit the city's parks.
The concept of a go-kart and laser-tag entertainment facility won approval from the Greenfield Common Council last night, although there may be a hitch depending on feedback the council receives from police.
Some aldermen wanted the Police Department's opinion of the facility closing at midnight. That feedback should be in by the next council meeting.
The facility called Lightspeed High Energy Entertainment proposed for 4251 S. 27th St. still needs building and site approvals from the city.
Concern about traffic on a street which residents already feel is crowded heavily contributed to the Greenfield Common Council's decision last night to deny the construction of a Mormon church on the southeast corner of 35th Street and Barnard Avenue.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wanted to build a sanctuary on 4.2 acres of vacant land for two of its congregations that now meet in Hales Corners.
The congregations, each between 300 and 500 people, would have held separate services at the church, adding about 115 cars going and coming twice a day on Sundays, a church representative estimated.
The church also would schedule some evening activities involving as many as 30 cars coming and going.
Church officials indicated they will continue to look for space in Greenfield because the city is in a good location for its members.
The new 82,000-square-foot Pick 'n Save store on S. 76th St. and W. Coldspring Rd. will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The store has some of the latest amenities that Roundy's is adding to its new and remodeled stores, including a 16-foot salad bar and an expanded offering of hot foods and sandwiches. The new store replaces one of the oldest Pick 'n Saves in the chain, across the street on S. 76th St.
A limited supply of "The Club" anti-theft devices is now available to all West Allis residents, regardless of what kind of vehicle they own, for a fee.
Over the past few weeks, the West Allis Police Department has pursued its "20 percent by 2012" campaign by distributing "The Club" anti-auto theft device, free of charge, to West Allis owners of vehicles heavily targeted by thieves.
Hundreds of West Allis residents have taken advantage of a police initiative.
While the expanded initiative is not free for other car owners, "The Club" can be purchased for $13 anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the West Allis Police Department's Crime Prevention Bureau, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave.
More information is available at (414) 302-8050.» Read Full Article
West Allis police have detained a 16-year-old Milwaukee youth who admitted taking part in the mayhem on the opening night of the Wisconsin State Fair, and the youth could face a hate-crime penalty.
The teen, who is black, told police he and other African-American juveniles beat up white people because they were "easy targets," according to West Allis police. He also said he "was going along with the crowd" in the robberies that happened after the midway closed last Thursday.
He admitted to police that he walked on the hood, roof and trunk of a vehicle stopped in traffic outside State Fair.
The youth, whose name was not released, was booked on charges of robbery and attempted robbery with use of force and was taken to the Milwaukee County Children's Court Center. Both charges carry a hate-crime penalty enhancer because the victims were chosen based on their race. The teen did not have a state juvenile arrest record and had no prior contacts with West Allis police.
West Allis police are continuing to investigate the violence that started in the midway on the evening of Aug. 4 when fights broke out among black youths. Those fights did not appear to be racially motivated. Around the fair's 11 p.m. closing time, dozens to hundreds of black youths attacked white fairgoers as they left the grounds.» Read Full Article
announced today that it finalized a deal to purchase $162.5 million in notes from DEPFA Bank, the same bank that the trusts of five Wisconsin school districts borrowed from to purchase risky investments from Stifel that later failed.Stifel Financial Corp.
Stifel is facing a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court from the school districts, which claim the brokerage firm and the Royal Bank of Canada misled them about the nature of the investments.
Wednesday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stepped in and charged Stifel with defrauding the districts in a federal lawsuit.
Acting on the advice of Stifel and one of its former executives, David Noack, school district officials from Waukesha, Whitefish Bay, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Kimberly set up trusts in 2006 to help fund employees' non pension, post-retirement benefits.
According to Stifel's news release, the total amount of the investments made by the school districts' trusts was $200 million.» Read Full Article
U.S. securities regulators have charged a St. Louis-based brokerage firm and a former executive with defrauding five Wisconsin school districts by selling them risky investments that were unsuitable for the districts' purposes, according to a complaint filed in a Milwaukee federal court.
In the complaint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and then-senior vice president David Noack created a program to help the school districts fund post-retirement benefits for employees by investing in complex financial instruments. The school districts established trusts and borrowed money to invest about $200 milllion in notes linked to the performance of those instruments, known as collateralized debt obligations, in 2006.
According to the SEC's complaint, Stifel and Noack misrepresented the risk of the investments and failed to disclose material facts to the school districts.
When global markets crashed in 2008, the investments became virtually worthless, but generated significant fees for Stifel and Noack, according to the complaint.
The five Wisconsin districts - Kimberly, Kenosha, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Waukesha and Whitefish Bay - sued Stifel and the Royal Bank of Canada in Milwaukee County circuit court for fraud. The parties were involved in settlement talks last month.» Read Full Article
West Allis police, hoping to add to the seven arrests they have made in connection with the violence on the opening night of State Fair, are continuing to investigate 11 incidents from that night and are searching for more suspects.
Police Chief Michael Jungbluth said in a news release that nine assaults, one robbery and one attempted robbery are under investigation. The offenders were described as African-American, according to Jungbluth. Victims were either white or Hispanic.
The seven arrests, which include five juveniles, were made on opening night for loitering, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and an outstanding warrant, according to police. The arrests were among 31 made by West Allis police, Milwaukee police and State Fair police on Thursday.
West Allis Deputy Chief Jerry Ponzi said Tuesday that the investigations are difficult because many of the suspects were able to easily flee from the fairgrounds. Also, victims did not remain on the scene that night for their own protection, which Ponzi said was a good thing for victims to do.
Ponzi said reports were taken Friday, but with suspects gone and evidence, if there was any, lost, the investigation became more difficult.» Read Full Article
Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer Menard Inc. is considering plans for a new, much larger store in West Allis.
A company representative met last week with city officials to "explore some ideas,' said Steve Schaer, city planning and zoning manager.
The 53,000-square-foot Menards store at 2535 S. 108th St. opened in 1987, according to city assessment records. It's a standalone building that is part of a shopping center that includes a Kohl's department store and a Pick 'n Save supermarket.
Newer Menards stores, such as the one that opened in 2007 at 2101 S. Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee, have over 160,000 square feet.
"They like their location right now," Schaer said. "But they'd love to have a state-of-the-art facility."» Read Full Article