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News & Notes: July 17

July 17, 2012

Man, 38, charged in Greenfield murder

Greenfield - A Greenfield man was charged Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of a woman in the 4400 block of West Morgan Avenue on Saturday.

According to the complaint filed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, Christopher R. Gish, 38, said he was angry with the victim, Margaret Litwicki, for threatening to take their children away. The two lived together.

The victim suffered numerous stab wounds to the neck, head and extremities, according to the complaint.

Fireworks explode on ground at show's end

Greenfield - The huge boom and plume of smoke at the end of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Greenfield left a lot of folks wondering if that was part of the show or if something unscheduled had happened.

As it turned out, a box of fireworks blew up, said Greenfield Fire Department Assistant Chief George Weber.

The fireworks inside the box were wired together and the fuse was lighted with the expectation that the fireworks would launch, he said. But instead, the box blew up on the ground with a flash and a blast that startled people 1,500 feet away, Weber said.

Some people who were watching the fireworks from the Greenfield fire station said that what looked like a small mushroom cloud rose from the explosion, Weber said.

No one was hurt, Weber said.

Old freight property could be worth $6 million

West Allis - A $6 million development might be coming to the former Yellow Freight Terminal property at 11528 W. Rogers St., said Patrick Schloss, community development manager.

The city is working with a development firm that has a tenant needing about 60,000 square feet. Although the firm is looking at other locations, a development agreement that would cement the project in West Allis could come in the next two or three months, Schloss said.

Meanwhile, West Allis is working on cleaning any environmental contaminants at the site.

Booster clubs still able to get parking money

West Allis - Once again, the booster clubs of the city's two high schools will be able to get money from offering parking on city land across from State Fair Park during fair time.

Although a large hotel development has been announced for the redevelopment area, the parking will continue to be available as a revenue source for the groups.

However, this year they will have to split those revenues 50-50 with the city, which is more than they contributed last year. But the city will keep the money in the redevelopment district and use it to get the property onto the tax rolls faster.

Customers longing for Silvers' seafood

West Allis - Lovers of the Long John Silver's products, until recently part of a Taco Bell franchise on 60th Street and National Avenue, will now have to fill there taste needs elsewhere.

Like Long John Silver's in Oak Creek and Burlington, the West Allis restaurant shared a building with Taco Bell. That arrangement was fine for years, because both restaurant brands were owned by the same company, Yum! Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Ky.

But last September, Yum sold Long John Silver's, along with A&W, as part of a strategy to devote more of the company's resources to expand in Asian markets.

The Taco Bell franchisees have expanded into the space that the Long John Silvers occupied in West Allis, Oak Creek and Burlington. The nearest Long John Silver location is now in Saukville, north of Cedarburg.

Junior nationals held at Romine's High Pockets

Greenfield - Romine's High Pockets in Greenfield was host to a prestigious 24th annual Billiard Education Foundation Junior National 9-Ball Championships.

More than 130 junior billiard players, ages 8 to 18, from 28 states Billiard players competed for prizes and the chance to represent the United States at the 2012 World Pool-Billiard Association World Junior 9-Ball Championships.

Romine's High Pockets has 42 pool tables.

Scout earns praise from mayor

West Allis - Boy Scout Michael Willems received an official commendation from Mayor Dan Devine for leading his fellow Scouts in a project to place landscape timbers around the playground in Veterans Park, West Allis.

He did it as an Eagle Scout project.

Ribbon cutting today for Wilson School garden

West Allis - Wilson Elementary School, 8710 W. Orchard St., will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Wilson School garden July 19.

The Home Depot helped the school build raised garden beds, where students will plant vegetables and flowers.

The school will have plenty of learning activities until Aug. 9 on related to its "green" theme.

Greenfield native on leadership team

Greenfield - The Rev. Scott Wallenfelsz of Greenfield was elected to the leadership team of the Salvatorians who serve in 45 countries and on six continents.

Wallenfelsz was installed as consultor to the U.S. Salvatorian priests and brothers at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Milwaukee.

Salvatorians are a Catholic religious community of priests, brothers, sisters and lay people founded in 1881. Salvatorians serve in parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and elsewhere.

City objects to streetcar if it means higher bills

West Allis - The West Allis Common Council has approved a resolution objecting to Milwaukee's streetcar plan if utility relocation costs are passed on to non-Milwaukee residents in the form of higher bills.

Some local officials are concerned that relocating underground utility lines used by We Energies, AT&T and Time Warner Cable for Milwaukee's downtown streetcar project will prove costly.

"They can do whatever they want with their money," said West Allis Alderman Dan Roadt, as long as the costs should stay within Milwaukee's borders.

"There are a lot of unknowns here, and we just don't want to absorb it," he said.

Helmet giveaway declared successful

West Allis - More than 60 families participated in the West Allis Health Department's annual Bike Helmet Give-Away June 6 and the department is calling the day a success.

Bicycle helmets were properly fitted for 98 children, who were instructed to wear their new helmets when riding on anything with wheels such as in-line or roller skates, skateboards, scooters and even small tricycles. Parents also were shown how the helmet should be placed to assure protection.

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