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Victim in West Allis fatal shooting identified

Sept. 29, 2011 5:24 p.m. | West Allis - Police identified a teenager killed in a shooting Tuesday as 17-year-old Darnell M. Kendricks.

Kendricks, of West Allis, was shot shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the 900 block of S. 72nd St., according to West Allis police.

The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a dispute between two groups of teenagers and young adults who had set up a fight between two males at McKinley Park, according to police statement.

Police are looking for an 18-year-old Milwaukee man suspected in the shooting, which forced the lockdown of the nearby Milwaukee Area Technical College west campus.

Get your sports video fix in our Prep Sports Primer

Sept. 27, 2011 7:53 p.m. | Join sports director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

JR takes a look at some of the top stories in the area, including the 6-0 Muskego football team, some dominant efforts by the Brookfield Central girls cross country team and more.

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MATC campus in West Allis locked down for a time after nearby shooting

Sept. 27, 2011 7:02 p.m. | The Milwaukee Area Technical College campus in West Allis was locked down early Tuesday evening after a shooting that occurred nearby, according to witnesses and an MATC official.

The campus was locked down from shortly before 6 p.m. until shortly after 6:30 p.m., MATC spokeswoman Kathleen Hohl said.

The incident did not involve any MATC students or staff, Hohl said.

Students said they were told that the campus was locked down because of a shooting in the neighborhood.

West Allis police cordoned off nearby McKinley playground, however the department had released no information on the incident as of late Tuesday.

SHOW again surveys city for health research

Sept. 27, 2011 3:42 p.m. | The SHOW has returned again to the city as researchers continue a statewide effort to measure residents' health.

SHOW, an acronym for the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, will be in local neighborhoods the weeks of Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, randomly selecting about 36 homes.

Each participant will be asked to fill out a survey and answer questions verbally on health topics, schedule an appointment at a survey center to have a few physical measurements taken, and talk on the phone about once a year to discuss any health changes.

SHOW, which also visited West Allis in February, does not provide any information about participants, according to survey officials. It only shares data summaries from the information gathered.

The study is conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. For information, visit the website at www.wisc.edu or call (888) 433-7649.

Districts to see $30.4 million from investment firm charged by SEC

Sept. 27, 2011 1:05 p.m. | An investment firm charged with selling unsuitably risky investments to five Wisconsin school districts has agreed to settle the charges and pay $30.4 million, which will be distributed to the districts, U.S. securities regulators said today.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged RBC Capital Markets LLC  with misconduct in the sale of unsuitable investments to the Waukesha, Whitefish Bay, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Kenosha and Kimberly school districts, and for inadequate disclosures about the risks of those investments, according to a news release.

RBC marketed and sold to trusts created by the districts $200 million worth of risky investments, for which the districts contributed $37.3 million of their own funds and borrowed the rest. The districts made the investments to help fund post-retirement benefits, which they had promised to employees.

"It's a great day for these five districts," said Stephen Kravit, an attorney representing the districts. He added that they had been vindicated in fraud, and that a significant portion of their losses would be paid immediately by RBC.

Districts can expect to receive their share of the money, distributed by the SEC through a formula, within 10 days.

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Former Wauwatosa West basketball coach Landisch loses battle with cancer

Sept. 26, 2011 11:37 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Mike Landisch lost his year and a half year battle with cancer Sunday night.

Landisch, 31, is survived by his wife, Colleen, daughter, Makenna, and son, Caden, who was born in August. He was placed in hospice four weeks ago.

The Wauwatosa community and beyond, embraced the likeable Landisch, who discovered he had kidney cancer in January, 2010. There were several fundraisers set up to help him and his family battle medical bills.

Landisch's final season as a coach was one of the best in the school's recent history.

The Trojans finished with an 11-6 Woodland Conference record and a 15-11 overall mark and they won their first regional championship since 1996.

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Battle of West Allis belongs to Bulldogs

Sept. 24, 2011 12:46 a.m. |  

After watching his team amass just 83 yards and three first downs in the first half of Friday night’s rivalry showdown with West Allis Hale, West Allis Central coach Dax Rodriguez knew something had to change.
 
That something came in the form of senior Brian Hoppe, who rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the second half.
 
It turned what was a 7-6 Huskies lead at halftime in a 32-7 runaway Greater Metro Conference victory for Central to reclaim the Cwik’s-Sob’s Trophy at the West Allis Athletic Complex.
 
“He’s been amazing the last five weeks, but against (Catholic) Memorial (in the first game of the season, we didn’t give him the ball once,” said Rodriguez on getting things started strong in the second half. “That’s eight touchdowns in five games now for him.”
 
On senior night, Hoppe, who also splits out as a receiver and handled the punting duties in this game, wanted nothing more than to have a hand in knocking off the Bulldogs’ crosstown rival.
 
“For us seniors to take them down and go 2-2 against them in our four years at Central is a great feeling, means a lot,” said Hoppe.
 
Hoppe didn't have a touch in the first half but provided a spark that got the Bulldogs (2-2 Great Metro, 3-3 overall) rolling in the second half. It doesn’t hurt to have senior running back Troy Brown running away from people for an 80-yard run to get Central the lead, either.
 
“He’s one of the fastest kids in the school,” said Rodriguez on Brown, who also broke a 60-yard scoring sprint on the last play of the first quarter and had 170 yards for the game. “He’s shifty. When you’re 5-foot-5, you get behind those big hosses and it’s hard for the defense to see you.”
 
The second score not only turned things around on the scoreboard; it lifted the spirits of the Central sideline after an 11-play drive that ate up 6 minutes, 44 seconds yielded no points.
 
“We felt we outplayed them in the first half, but the scoreboard didn’t show it,” Rodriguez said. “It has something that’s happened to us all year. We wanted to make sure we established the fact we weren’t going to go away.”
 
While the offense turned the corner for Central, the Bulldogs’ defense held Hale (0-4, 1-5) to three consecutive three-and-outs in the second half and 72 total yards of offense in the final two frames, as well.
 
“It’s a tough offense to stop because you have to be disciplined,” Rodriguez said. “The one touchdown they had, we weren’t disciplined. We knew if we did our jobs, it would be hard to run on us.”
 
Added Central senior linebacker Eric Vis: “We worked hard all week. They scored 42 points on us last year, and our goal was to shut them out, but they were able to get the one score. That was the best game we’ve played on year on defense.”
 
For Hale, the opportunities were there in the second half, but the Huskies' seven penalties for 81 yards seemed to come at the most inopportune times.
 
Safety Garet Morgenroth had two interceptions that counted but had two more negated by penalties. Both times, the Bulldogs seized the second chance and scored.
 
“Every time we made a play there seemed to be a flag, especially in the second half,” Hale coach Sean Hegarty said. “They played a great game in the second half. We didn’t play very well.”
 
Central starts the toughest part of its schedule next week against the top of the GMC in Brookfield Central, Sussex Hamilton and Marquette.
 
Hale host Brookfield East next week still in search of its first GMC win of the season.

Second half leads Greendale over Hawks

Sept. 23, 2011 11:29 p.m. | Momentum was the story on Friday night as the Greendale football team capitalized on big plays to turn a defensive game into an offensive display against host Greenfield, 35-3.

The defensive contest was blown wide open in the third quarter. A 5-yard touchdown run by Greendale’s Mike Scheidt gave the Panthers a 14-3 lead with just one minute left in the third quarter, and from that point, the Panthers’ offense was virtually unstoppable.
 
In the fourth quarter, Greendale senior Kennedy Ringelberg caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Sam Brick, first for 51 yards, then for 23 yards 3:30 later. Sebastian Garcia-Bankowski finished the scoring with a 40-yard run after blazing his way through the middle of the Greenfield defense.
 
“All the credit to Greendale,” Greenfield coach Scott Otto said. “They beat us at their game. They lined up and smacked us and we didn’t get it going.”

“We executed well,” said Greendale coach Rob Stoltz. “We have some very good playmakers.”

Going into the third quarter, the momentum seemed to be with Greenfield. Alex Bosl had nailed a 37-yard field goal mere seconds before halftime to cut the Panthers’ lead to just 4, and Greenfield started the second half with the ball.

“I thought that with getting the field goal and going in to halftime 7-3, and then getting possession to start the third that we’d be fine,” Otto said.

Greenfield’s first possession amounted to very little, and the Hawks were forced to punt after 6 plays. Greendale took over on their own 25 yard line, but a bad snap on 3rd down and 3 forced the Panthers back to their own 5-yard line, and they had to punt from inside their own end zone. Brett Nethery punted the ball nearly 70 yards to the Hawks’ 40 yard line, preventing Greenfield from getting the good field position it had hoped for.
 
“That was absolutely huge,” said Stoltz. “He has a great leg. Obviously field position was a big part of it, and there were lots of momentum shifts.”

The momentum continued to shift to the Panthers after the Hawks failed to convert on a 4th and 4 situation. On the second play after Greendale took over on downs, Brick found Ringelberg on a 25 yard pass, which helped set up the touchdown run from Scheidt. Ringelberg finished the game with three touchdown receptions and 148 receiving yards.

“It’s just finding space and then making the catch,” Ringelberg said. “It’s what I love to do.”

“He works very hard. They all work very hard,” added Stoltz.

In the first half, Ringelberg scored just two minutes in on a pass from Brick.

Possession then changed hands a number of times before the field goal from Bosl. 


“We played a good game for two and a half quarters,” said Otto. “I thought our defense played well, but they usually aren’t on the field this much because we like to play a possession game. Momentum was huge in this game. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.”

Andy Lucas led Greenfield in rushing yards at 48. Greendale’s Sam Brick completed 8 passes for 174 yards.

The win moves Greendale to 5-1 overall, and 5-0 in the Woodland conference. Greenfield dropped to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Hawks will try to recover against Wauwatosa West, while Greendale seek to maintain its undefeated conference record against Whitnall.

Gas service restored after main break

Sept. 19, 2011 7:58 p.m. | Seven of eight We Energies customers whose gas service was shut off after a construction crew broke a gas main in West Allis have had their service restored, a utility spokesman said Monday evening.

Technicians could not restore service to the eighth residence because no one was home, utility spokesman Barry McNulty said.

All 75 We Energies customers whose electric service was stopped as a precaution after the break have had their service restored, McNulty said.

The break was reported about 2:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of S. 99th St.

Residents of nine homes that were evacuated after the break, including the eight where gas service was interrupted, were allowed back into their homes late Monday afternoon, a We Energies official said.

Greenfield chiefs not expected to be selected tonight

Sept. 19, 2011 7:52 p.m. | The Greenfield Police and Fire Commission will meet tonight but will not approve new chiefs for the city's police and fire departments.

Both departments have been directed by interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt and interim Fire Chief Jon Cohn since early summer. The interim chiefs have substantial support on the commission, which only interviewed them and no other candidates for the job two weeks ago.

"We're not making any decision tonight," said commission chairman Dennis Clark.

Instead, the commission discussed the information gleaned from the oral interviews.

The interim chiefs were appointed through the end of the year, but those appointments can be extended.

Local firm is finalist for BBB ethics award

Sept. 19, 2011 7:50 p.m. | The Starr Group of Greenfield has been named a finalist for the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin Foundation 2011 Business Ethics Torch Award.

The award is a statewide competition that honors companies and charities doing business in Wisconsin that demonstrate excellence in ethical practices, service, honesty in advertising, management practices and employee training in ethical behavior. Peer recognition and reputation also play a role in determining the award winners.

The Starr Group is an independent insurance and risk reduction agency.

Awards will be based on the size of the organization. Winners will be announced at the BBB's 9th annual Torch Awards banquet Oct. 19 at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Robbery spree covers three counties

Sept. 19, 2011 6:12 p.m. | A masked man has captured the attention of police, not just because of the number of armed robberies he has committed - 15 so far, all in the past month - but the unusual geographical breadth of his hits.

He has covered eight police jurisdictions in three counties, hitting gas stations and liquor stores near freeways and highways in the greater Milwaukee area. And he's not working alone; after the robberies, he jumps into the passenger seat of a getaway vehicle.

"What is kind of unique here is the fact that it's spread out in such a wide range of jurisdictions, from Ozaukee to Waukesha County, Milwaukee County," Milwaukee police Lt. Kenneth Grams said Monday. "So that's fairly . . . I'm not going to say unique, but that's not real common."

The man started his armed robbery spree just before 10 p.m. Aug. 18 at the S&M Petro Mart on Stevenson St. in Milwaukee.

Since then, the man has committed 14 more nighttime robberies, police said. All the stores are within a mile of major highways, and all the robberies except one occurred between 8 and 11 p.m. Three of the robberies were repeats at stores he previously had hit, Grams said.

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Strong first half leads Falls gridders past WAC

Sept. 17, 2011 12:37 a.m. | It was all about establishing a tone and an atmosphere for the Menomonee Falls football team Friday night against West Allis Central after the Indians' rough loss to Brookfield East last week.

And the job was done quickly, as Falls scored on its first three possessions and never looked back despite a late-game rally by the Bulldogs, earning a 28-12 Greater Metro Conference decision.

"We had some good practices this past week," said Falls quarterback Brett Krause. "They were needed because that was a bad loss last week. We needed to just come out and pound it."

Despite a shaky second half, where Central shut out the Indians, Falls managed to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, good for a four-way tie for second in the hyper-competitive league. Central fell to 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.

"Our guys did a great job of coming out and establishing a tone," said Indians coach John Baker. "We needed to get to where we were playing more physically and we did that.

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Cross-dressing man bites store employee during attempted theft

Sept. 13, 2011 12:46 p.m. | A cross-dressing man was arrested for retail theft, two accounts of battery and using an oleoresin device while committing a crime after he threatened to use pepper spray and bit a store employee at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

According to the West Allis police report:

A man wearing woman's clothing entered Pick 'n Save and hid several grocery items into his purse. Employees tried to stop the man, but he pulled out a can of pepper spray and threatened to spray them. A loss prevention employee tried to contain the man and the offender bit the employee.

Police arrested the man for retail theft, two accounts of battery and for using an oleoresin device (pepper spray) while committing a crime.

With governor watching, WAC holds on

Sept. 10, 2011 12:03 a.m. |  

West Allis Central used an opportunistic defense and timely turnovers to stop a furious Wauwatosa East rally and emerge with a 28-21 victory on Parents Night in West Allis.
 
With Governor Scott Walker on hand to see his sons Matt and Alex in action for the Red Raiders, East found itself trailing early in the fourth quarter, 21-14.
 
Things looked good for the Red Raiders, though, when linebacker Will Monreal threw Central running back Troy Brown for a loss, then sacked junior quarterback Dakota Behrs on a fourth down attempt at the 7:17 mark.
 
East quickly marched downfield, picking up three straight first downs: a sideline pass to senior Vince Cupertino, a quick run by senior running back Michael Meade and a sneak by junior quarterback Kyle Vnuk.
 
But with 5 minutes to go, the game turned once and for all in the Bulldogs’ favor, courtesy of a pick-six by Central senior defensive back Brian Hoppe.
 
Hoppe snared a Vnuk pass at Central’s 20 yard line, raced down the sideline, outran the crowd, and ended up in a footrace with Vnuk. The lanky quarterback caught him by the shoulders, but Hoppe shook him off, sidestepped one last tackle at the 5-yard line and bounced into the end zone. After the PAT, Central led, 28-14.
 
East was far from done, though. After tossing a pair of incomplete passes, Vnuk lobbed a soft bomb down the right sideline that junior wide receiver Shaquille Redding ran beneath, hauled in, and took down to the 10-yard line. Vnuk found Redding again on the next play, this time in the corner of the end zone, making the score 28-21.
 
On the ensuing Central drive, East sacked Behrs, stuffed sophomore running back Dushon Glover and forced an incomplete pass.
 
With 2:41 remaining on its own 33-yard line, the Red Raiders abandoned the run. Facing 4th & 4, Vnuk hit Cupertino for a 6-yard gain and first down. Three plays later his second fourth-down pass attempt sailed incomplete,  broken up by a pair of defensive backs jumping Cupertino’s out route.
 
Though Central managed to strip less than a minute off the clock after taking over on downs, the clock still ran out on East. Vnuk’s desperation pass at 0:02 found its way into the arms of Bulldogs senior Eric Vis.
 
“What went wrong was we shot ourselves in the foot again,” East coach Jake Wolter said. “Bad reads, holding the ball too long. Footing slips, bad protection. Penalties and mental mistakes. We snapped the ball over our punter’s head in the first and gave them a free touchdown.
 
“When we execute, we’re fine,” he added. “That’s the name of the game. Not to take anything from Central. But nobody's really stopped us. It’s been ourselves stopping ourselves. It’s frustrating.”
 
The run-up to the fourth quarter lacked the excitement of the final period. The teams combined for 15 drives in the first half, resulting in seven punts, three turnovers-on-downs and two turnovers.  The teams' opened the second half with four consecutive punts.
 
Both teams were quick to credit the others' defense.
 
East “brought a lot of people, and sometimes they confused our line,” said Central senior left guard Jacob Spenner. “We kept talking over and over about it. We had to push, get the running game going. Without it, there’s no passing game.”
 
For much of the evening, it was an old-fashioned slugfest, with two teams battling for essentially 30 yards of turf, with a medley of missed pass opportunities and short runs, interspersed with timely sacks and turnovers.
 
Central jumped to an early 7-0 lead after that bad snap on a punt. Behrs, making his first start for the Bulldogs, threw a third-down bullet into Hoppe’s chest three plays later.
 
The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 13-0 after recovering a fumble on East’s 22-yard line. Glover needed only three carries to get to the end zone, dragging multiple East defenders with him en route.
 
East finally got on the board in the second quarter courtesy of its defense. The defensive line caught Brown in the backfield, and returned the loose ball for a touchdown to make it 13-7.
 
Central struck again midway through the fourth quarter. An electric punt return by Hoppe – 48 yards, with a touchdown-saving tackle from junior James Kenagy – put Central at East’s 23. Three plays later, Behrs split the seam to Hoppe, who bounced off one defender and muscled another into the end zone, reaching across the goal line clutching the ball with both hands.
 
“This isn’t the Tosa of the last three years,” Central coach Dex Rodriguez said. “This is a darn good football team. Last week they played (Menomonee) Falls to a draw. This is a good team. They came at us. Blitzed the heck out of us.
 
“But we came back at them. We had turnovers at the right times and came out with the W.”
 
Wauwatosa East falls to 1-3 with the loss and will face undefeated Brookfield East next week. West Allis Central moved to 2-2 with the victory and will face Menomonee Falls next week.

Karweik's score wins it for Whitnall

Sept. 09, 2011 11:53 p.m. |

Keying in on Whitnall’s explosive big-play offense that had put up 85 points in its last two contests, a stifling Wauwatosa West defense made the Falcons scratch and claw for every yard Friday night.
But thanks to workhouse back Travis Karweik and an equally stout performance from the Falcons defense, it still wasn’t enough.
Karweik rushed for 114 tough yards on 32 carries, including the decisive one-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in overtime to propel host Whitnall to a 13-10 Woodland-Black conference victory.
“Tonight was a knock-down, drag-out, fight; they have some speed over there and were able to match up with us on the perimeter,” said Whitnall head coach Rob Leboeuf. “They were going to make sure we had to work it down the field and take away our vertical shots.”
Whitnall (3-1, 3-0) didn’t need to take any shots down the field on its first possession, opening the game on a bruising 18-play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped by a one-yard Karweik run that chewed up most of the first quarter.
But Tosa West (1-3, 1-2) would answer with a touchdown of its own in the second quarter, with junior Mickey Morgan scooping up a backward pass from quarterback Jared Morzinski to tie the score at 7. Players on both sides appeared to stop as they anticipated an incomplete pass call while Morgan fielded the bounce and scampered into the end zone for a 22-yard scoring run to knot the score.
While Tosa West would continue to move the ball on the ground behind a multitude of backs, the Trojans struggled to finish drives against the Whitnall defense, stalling out inside the Falcons 10-yard line just before halftime and again in overtime when they settled for a 25-yard Morgan field goal to take a brief 10-7 lead. Sophomore Greg Lewis led the Trojans with 62 yards on eight carries.
The Trojans pass offense also struggled, with Morzinski passing for just 37 yards on four of seven passing.
“We talked to our defense about taking big plays away and we were able to do that; they have played well all season and done everything that we’ve asked of them,” said Wauwatosa West head coach Matt Good. “We just need to find ways to finish our blocks and put more points on the board.”
That defense was able to cool off red-hot Whitnall quarterback Luke Mentkowski, holding him to 110 passing yards after he had thrown for 685 yards and five touchdowns in victories over Cudahy and St. Francis coming into Friday’s contest.
“They have a really good defense, and they seemed to know what we were doing," Mentkowski said. "They were bringing blitzes up the middle and forcing me out of the pocket.vBut our defense won us this game today. They played a great game.”
With just three returning starters on offense from last year, Whitnall moved to 3-0.
“I’m proud of our guys and the way we have started the season, especially with the youth and some of the injuries that we have,” said Leboeuf. “We are really optimistic about the future but we also have a lot of things to fix.”
Both teams will play at home next Friday, with Whitnall hosting Greenfield and Wauwatosa West taking on New Berlin Eisenhower.

West Allis could consider concealed carry ban this month

Sept. 09, 2011 8:32 a.m. | As soon as Sept. 20, the West Allis Board of Public Works might consider an ordinance to ban bringing a concealed weapon into municipal buildings in West Allis.

The board supported the ban for the City Hall, fire stations, public works and recreation buildings and directed the city attorney to draw up a proposed ordinance. The Police Department already prohibits people from bringing weapons into police stations.

The West Allis Library Board has expressed a desire to also post the library as a place where weapons cannot be brought, but was waiting for the Board of Public Works to decide how it would handle the situation, said Library Director Michael Koszalka. The Library Board might now consider such a ban at its Sept. 28 or October meetings, he said.

Lottery ticket purchased in West Allis is worth $1 million

Sept. 08, 2011 8:40 p.m. | A Powerball lottery game ticket worth $1 million dollars was sold Wednesday at a liquor store in West Allis, Wisconsin Lottery officials said Thursday.

The ticket was sold at River Bend Liquor, 7506 W. Oklahoma Ave. It matched all five numbers drawn in the game Wednesday.

Because the ticket purchase included the Power Play multiplier feature, the $200,000 prize for the ticket was automatically multiplied by five, lottery officials said.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 3, 5, 18, 27 and 54, with a Powerball number of 13 and a Power Play prize multiplier number of 4.

Future Walmart sites in Wauwatosa, Greenfield sold

Sept. 08, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A 63,000-square-foot former Jewel-Osco store in Wauwatosa that will be remodeled for a Walmart supermarket and other retailers has been sold for $5.1 million to an investors group.

The building, at 3850 N. 124th St., was sold by ASP Realty Inc., a subsidiary of Jewel-Osco's corporate parent, Supervalu Inc., to Capitol 124 LLC, according to documents filed with the Milwaukee County register of deeds.

Wauwatosa city officials earlier this year approved plans for a 38,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market at that location. Gatlin Development Co., which is developing the building, will seek other retailers for the remaining space.

I contacted a Walmart spokeswoman to find out when the supermarket will open but haven't heard back yet. 

Also, the 17.2-acre Green Fields Golf Center driving range and miniature golf course, east of S. 108th St. and just north of W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, has been sold to Walmart Real Estate Business Trust for $7.4 million, according to the register of deeds.

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Road work on 60th Street finally nears completion

Sept. 07, 2011 2:10 p.m. | Motorists and businesses in West Allis waiting for the completion of extensive road work along 60th Street need only to hang on for another month or so.

The work that started in March 2010 should finally be done in October, Michael Lewis, director of public works and city engineer, said today.

The 60th Street project, extending from Lincoln Avenue north to the city limits, involved ripping up the old street and replacing the water and sewer lines and private utilities underground and laying a new concrete surface.

Despite the seemingly endless wait, the project is actually on time and on budget, Lewis said.

And once the work is done, everyone can rest easy for a while. That's because another complete reconstruction probably will not be needed for 80 years, he said, assuming the road is resurfaced and otherwise properly maintained. A couple of resurfacings should extend the street's life that long.

Three arrested during Ryan speech in Greenfield

Sept. 07, 2011 7:46 a.m. | Three people were arrested at an event with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

The protesters shouted at Ryan as he tried to discuss the nation's debt crisis during a Rotary meeting Tuesday in Greenfield, according to WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).

Ryan, of Janesville, said protests are the new norm. He added that Wisconsin is going to be the most targeted state in the presidential race and that's why political tactics are occurring.

About 20 people were escorted from the event. Three were arrested after refusing to leave.

Harris powers Central past Hale

Sept. 02, 2011 10:18 p.m. | Brookfield Central used 3 touchdown runs by DeMario Harris to spark a 34-14 win over West Allis Hale at Central Friday night in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.

Harris scored on a 56-yard run in the second period, a 15-yard run and another 56-yard run in the third period and finished with 137 yards in 9 carries, a 15.2 average.

Charlie O'Dwyer scored on a 5-yard run to open the game and Jason Meichtry ran a score in from 7-yards out to wrap up the games's coring.

The Huskies got scores from Zach Smith on a 4-yard run in the third period and Dan Sotiros on a 1-yard run in the fourth period.

Central is now 2-1 overall and the Huskies fell to 1-2.

Spartans crush West Allis Central, 48-13

Sept. 02, 2011 9:45 p.m. | Brookfield East crushed West Allis Central, 48-13, Friday night at the West Allis Athletic Complex in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.

The Spartans improved to 3-0, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-2.

Senior Troy Brown returned the opening kick for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead, but the Spartans came right back to take the lead for good on a 4-play 30-yard drive, concluding on a 1-yard run by East's Zach Schober, who also kicked the PAT for 7-6 lead at 9:44 of the first period.

After a quick 3-and-out, East scored again on a 7-play 61-yard drive, ending when QB Bryce Pompos had a 17-yard TD pass to Kyle Wirtz. Schober's PAT made it 14-6 at the 5:18 mark.

After another 3-and-out, the Spartans went 37 yards in 3 plays, concluding when Pompos passed 38 yards to 6-4 WR Griffin Lynch, who who outjumped the smaller Bulldog defensive back for the ball and took it in for score and a 21-6 lead with 2:10 left in the period.

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