West Allis district offers training for potential School Board candidates

Nov. 28, 2012 4:46 p.m. | West Allis - To help people decide if they want to run for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board, the district will hold a Board Academy to give information about the job and what potential candidates need to know to run.

The academy will be at 6:30 p.m. Mondayin Room 609, the regular board room, in the school administration building, 1205 S. 70th St.

More information is available from Brian Vissers, (414) 604-3007.

Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Wind downs Kohl's parking lot light pole, damaging 5 vehicles

Nov. 23, 2012 3:24 p.m. | Wind knocked over a light pole in the parking lot of a West Allis Kohl's Department Store on Friday, damaging five vehicles that were parked there.

Someone was in one of the cars, but nobody was injured, reports the Journal Sentinel's Gitte Laasby, who tweeted from the scene.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m. in the midst of a busy Black Friday shopping day.

The store is at 2601 S. 108th St.

The National Weather Service reports on its website that the wind at Mitchell International Airport just before 2 p.m. was from the northwest at 26 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Woman arrested by Greenfield police for 4th drunken driving charge while out on bail for 3rd

Nov. 20, 2012 1:48 p.m. | A 53-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested on a fourth-offense drunken driving charge while she was out on bail for her third pending drunken driving charge last week.

According to Greenfield police:

Police responded to a call of a reckless driver who struck a fence in the parking lot at Burger King, 4555 W. Forest Home Ave., shortly before 11 a.m. Nov. 14. Although the driver fled before police arrived, officers identified the suspect from a license plate that was left at the scene.

Police found the woman at her residence in the 2400 block of S. 43rd St. in Milwaukee. The woman failed field sobriety tests and admitted drinking vodka before driving to Burger King that morning. Her blood alcohol content was 0.24.

She was arrested for fourth-offense drunken driving and was transported to the hospital for a legal blood draw. When police later discovered the woman was out on bail for a pending drunk driving charge at the time of the incident, she was also arrested for bail jumping.

$68,000 concession stand prompts review in Greenfield

Nov. 20, 2012 12:14 p.m. | The Greenfield School District will investigate how the costs got so high for a new concession stand at Greenfield High School.

Doubts expressed by some Greenfield residents, piled on top of doubts of some Greenfield School Board members, about whether the school district paid too much for the concession stand triggered that decision by the board Monday.

The 12-by-12-foot structure cost $68,000. It was built as part of a massive update of the high school that was paid for with $48.5 million in funds approved in referendums in 2007 and 2008.

School Board President Bruce Bailey said people have told him the cost of the concession stand seems excessive.

The board isn't expecting a refund, but if the process of approving spending was flawed, it needs to be fixed, said board member Cathy Walsh.

Greenfield man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

Nov. 19, 2012 5:24 p.m. | A Greenfield man pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing his live-in girlfriend in July in a fit of jealous rage.

Christopher Randall Gish, 38, had been charged with first degree intentional homicide for the death of Margaret Litwicki, 37, at their home in Greenfield.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of first degree reckless homicide. He faces up to 40 years in prison at his sentencing Jan. 4.

According to the criminal complaint, Gish suspected Litwicki of having an affair and stabbed her. He left in her minivan and later crashed it in the 600 block of College Ave. in an apparent failed suicide attempt. He was found dazed and wandering near Mitchell International Airport a few hours later and made comments that led police back Litwicki's home, where she was found dead.

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Greenfield panel backs plan that could accommodate Mormon church

Nov. 15, 2012 10:26 a.m. | A proposal that would lay the groundwork for a Mormon church sanctuary on an unused section of Arlington Cemetery cleared the Greenfield Plan Commission on Tuesday.

Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St., is asking to create three parcels, one of which could accommodate the church on its 5.1 acres.

The cemetery's request could be discussed by the Common Council, which must ultimately approve the plan, as early as next week, though a public hearing on the Mormon church plan itself won't be held until Dec. 4.

Planning commissioners also approved an unrelated request, a proposed meditation garden.

Kopp's Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave., is proposing illuminated panels for the meditation garden it wants to create. Fence panels would be separated by glass artwork cubes, which can be internally illuminated. That issue could also be discussed as early as next week before the council.

Suspected iPad thieves arrested after car chase in Greenfield

Nov. 13, 2012 2:36 p.m. | Two men are facing charges after alledgedly shoplifting more than $7,500 worth of merchandise at Best Buy, then leading Greenfield police on high-speed chase about 2:45 p.m. Nov. 7.

According to Greenfield police:

Store security from the store, 4610 S. 76th St., reported that the men had just loaded a cart full of iPads and video games and fled out the door with the unpaid merchandise.

Officers arrived while the suspects were loading the stolen merchandise into a car. One suspect fled on foot while the other sped away in the car, and a police pursued it. The pursuit was terminated at Layton Avenue and Loomis Road after police found the suspect vehicle abandoned at the Loomis Professional Building in the 4600 block of West Loomis Road.

The driver, a 24-year-old Milwaukee man, was located at Ray's Butcher Shop and taken into custody. The second suspect who fled on foot, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man, was found at the FedEx store in the 4700 block of South 76th Street, where he was taken into custody.

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Greenfield and West Allis differ in votes for president and U.S. Senate

Nov. 07, 2012 12:58 p.m. | Greenfield and West Allis were opposites in their support of presidential and Wisconsin's U.S. Senate candidates in Tuesday's general election, though not by wide margins in either race.

In Greenfield, Republican challenger Mitt Romney received 10,411 votes to Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama's 9,744. In the Senate race, Republican Tommy Thompson got 10,044 Greenfield votes and Democrat Tammy Baldwin received 9,439 votes.

In West Allis, Obama got 16,279 votes compared to Romney's 14,775, and Baldwin got 15,474 votes compared to Thompson's 14,508.

The results won't be official until the canvassing boards in each communities approves the final numbers.

In both municipalities, voter turnout, in terms of percentage of registered voters, was heavy - 91.6 percent in Greenfield and 85.8 percent in West Allis.

Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Sloppy texting, alert 12-year-old lead to conspiracy charge

Nov. 01, 2012 3:11 p.m. | A Greenfield teen who thought he was texting with a co-conspirator in a robbery plot was actually communicating with a wrong number -- a 12-year-old boy.

According to a criminal complaint:

Recognizing the felonious flavor of the mysterious texts, the boy and his father turned the phone over to police, who began texting back and discerned that Jaime E. Jessup was trying to help "Josh" get back at someone named "Chente" who had robbed Josh of marijuana.

Officer Christopher Navarette played along as "Josh," and ultimately Jessup agreed to meet on Tuesday and take "Josh" to the Chente's house, where Jessup assumed Josh would rob Chente. He told "Josh" to be sure to come "strapped" (have a gun) because the target has a gun.

When Jessup, 17, arrived at the meet-up spot, he was arrested. He's now charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, use of force.

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