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CiCi's Pizza to open 1st Wisconsin location in West Allis

Jan. 05, 2010 3:02 p.m. | The first Wisconsin location for CiCi's Pizza Buffet will open in April in West Allis, at The Shoppes on 100, a shopping center on S. 108th St., just south of W. National Ave.

A CiCi's franchisee, Rally Pizza LLC, operated by Paul Tate, is leasing 3,550 square feet at the shopping center. The lease was brokered by Cory Sovine, of Siegel-Gallagher.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Menomonee Falls baseball virtuoso Ty Weber and Big Ten Media Day

July 29, 2016 12:45 p.m. | The guys welcome in Ty Weber, who pitched Menomonee Falls to a second straight WIAA baseball championship with a superb state-tournament performance. Plus, JP and JR talk about revelations (or lack thereof) gleaned from Big Ten media day and offer some thoughts on the Milwaukee Brewers as they approach the trading deadline. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Hit-and-run to a house, OWI reported in Greenfield

July 29, 2016 11:05 a.m. | An intoxicated Franklin man drove a truck into a Greenfield home Thursday night and fled the scene, according to a Greenfield Police Department release.

Police went to the home after receiving a call at 9:22 p.m. Thursday night that a white truck drove into the kitchen of a residence in the 4900 block of W. Midland Drive. Officers arrived and found significant damage to the home and vehicle parts left behind.

Officers found the vehicle and the 39-year-old Franklin man a few blocks away. The man told officers he hit the house because he, "drank too much."

The man was arrested on suspicion of a third offense operating while intoxicated and hit and run. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for minor injuries from the crash.

The crash caused significant structural damage to the home and it was deemed uninhabitable.

West Allis man charged in 2 killings ruled competent for trial

July 26, 2016 8:46 p.m. | A 20-year-old man charged with killing a neighbor in West Allis and fatally shooting a woman on the interstate in Sauk County is competent to proceed with trial in Milwaukee County, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Zachary Tyler Hays faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide in Milwaukee County in the May 1 death of Gabriel Claudio-Sanchez, 42, his downstairs neighbor in a four-unit apartment building in the 2300 block of S. 92nd St.

Circuit Judge Ellen R. Brostrom agreed with the court-ordered doctor's report deeming Hays competent to proceed, meaning he can understand the charges against him and aid in his own defense. She set his bail at $100,000. Hays is expected back in court Aug. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Hays also was charged in Sauk County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of recklessly endangering safety in the shooting death of Tracy Czaczkowski. At his initial appearance in that case, his attorney told reporters he believed Hays had mental health issues.

Hays described experiencing paranoia and hearing voices several days before the homicides, symptoms he believed were caused by "laced weed," according to a court-ordered report by psychiatrist John Pankiewicz.

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Greenfield to sell passes for residents not allowed to use dropoff

July 25, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Greenfield —Residents who are not on city trash pickup will soon be able to use the city dropoff site to dispose of furniture and other large items after buying a pass. Officials recently approved the sale of passes to start in late August at $15 for one visit and $45 for a year.

That groups of residents have not been able to use the dropoff site. Only those living in single-family homes, duplexes, small apartment buildings and some condominiums can, said Jeff Katz, director of neighborhood services and city engineer.

Large apartment buildings are considered to be commercial property, which made those residents ineligible to use the free dropoff site for trash and yard waste. at 51st St and Layton Avenue.

"People have asked about using the service," Katz said. "And we found a way to provide that."

Katz and the city's trash hauler, John's Disposal, developed a fee that they estimate will cover the cost of hauling away trash from those not in the city's solid waste disposal program. The fee is based on estimates of how many people would drop off trash and on how much they would bring, Katz said.

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West Allis rechecking pay to ensure market rate compensation, fairness

July 25, 2016 3:23 p.m. | West Allis — Is West Allis paying its city employees too much, too little or just right, based on the going rate? That's what city officials want to find out in a classification and compensation study to be done by an outside consultant who will look at every position, top to bottom, except for that of City Administrator Rebecca Grill.

Carlson Dettmann Consulting does city administrators separately, Grill said. The West Allis Common Council will likely approve a consultant review of her position after the main study, she said.

Police and fire personnel are likely to be included in the study, although they are in a different category, being directed by the Police and Fire Commission. However, the commission and the city administration and finance committee reached a consensus last week that they should be.

Doing a comparative pay and benefits study periodically is sound practice, Grill said. It helps cities make sure they can hire and keep qualified employees and to be sure that pay for similar positions is fair from one department to another, she said. The last time the city had a classification and compensation study done was in 1980, she said.

Besides looking at compensation, the study will update job descriptions, determining what everyone does and will explore what skills they need to do it. That will make it possible to compare compensation with what employees in similar jobs receive.

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Man suspected of shooting Milwaukee officer was out on bail

July 18, 2016 9:58 p.m. | The 20-year-old West Allis man suspected of shooting a Milwaukee police officer before killing himself was out on bail after he was accused of punching a close family friend so hard it left the man paralyzed.

Milwaukee police identified the suspect Monday as Tomas A. Uriegas, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on the city's south side.

About a half-hour earlier, Uriegas reportedly approached the passenger side of Officer Brandon Baranowski's squad car and fired multiple shots into the car, according to police.

Baranowski, 31, was wounded in the arm and chest. He remained hospitalized for his injuries and was expected to undergo surgery later Monday, a police spokesman said.

Mike Crivello, Milwaukee Police Association president, said he spoke to Baranowski, his parents and his wife at the hospital.

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#BestSummerEverNOW: Share your 2016 summer photos of you in the Milwaukee suburbs

July 18, 2016 3:55 p.m. | Are you having the best summer ever?

It's a great time to be outdoors with many events going around in the Milwaukee area

Whatever you might be doing, it's likely you've snapped some photos or selfies. 

Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, a local festival, some splashing around at your community pool, or attending your local farmers market, there's plenty going on in the Milwaukee suburbs this summer.

We have started a photo gallery of our staff photographers' best summer photos from local events. But we want your photos to be added to this gallery.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Round

July 18, 2016 2:30 p.m. | It's sectional day for WIAA summer baseball teams.

By the end of the day the summer baseball field will be trimmed from 16 teams to four.

Who will be left standing and playing for a state title on Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon?

Follow our live blog as sports reporters from Lake Country Publications and NOW Newspapers are out at sectional games today in South Milwaukee, Germantown and Brookfield Central.  

Sports reporters JR Radcliffe, Steven L. Tietz, Andrew Gruman, John Rech and Chuck Delsman will be tweeting from various games today.

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St. John the Evangelist Parish to host 49th annual Family Festival

July 18, 2016 2:22 p.m. |

St. John's Fest

this weekend

Greenfield residents can take part in some local summer fun this weekend at the 49th annual Family Festival hosted by St. John the Evangelist Parish on West Cold Spring Road.

The festival runs 5 to 11 p.m July 22, 3 to 11 p.m July 23 and noon to 9 p.m. July 24. Fireworks are 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The festival will offer a $10 Friday night fish fry, a chicken dinner on Sunday and bingo each day in its air-conditioned location.

NOW's user submitted stories, photos will be discontinued in early August

July 18, 2016 10:24 a.m. | Your local MyCommunityNow website and LakeCountryNow.com will have a new look during the first week of August.

With it, a standing element — User Submitted Stories and User Submitted Photos — on our current sites will be discontinued.

That means the public will not have the ability to post a story or photo directly to our websites.

Instead, there will be a form you can fill out to submit to editors for consideration. It will be at the editor's discretion whether the item is posted to a particular website.

Thank you for your submissions over the years, and continue to visit our websites as we bring you the news from the Milwaukee and Waukesha suburbs.

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West Allis bans e-cigarette smoking where tobacco smoking is banned

July 12, 2016 2:18 p.m. | There will be no more smoking of electronic devices in bars and restaurants in West Allis, or anywhere tobacco smoking is banned in the city.

On a 6-4 vote, the West Allis Common Council banned smoking electronic cigarettes.

Aldermen voting for the ban said that if it's unhealthy for staff and patrons to allow cigarette smoking, it's unhealthy to allow e-cig smoking because no one really knows what chemicals are in the smoke. Those against the ban said it infringes on personal freedom and puts West Allis bars and restaurants at a competitive disadvantage. Those who want to smoke e-cigarettes might patronize establishments outside West Allis where they can smoke, those opposed said.

Gourmet grocery store of the world seeks second West Allis location

July 12, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Parthenon Foods that specializes in European and gourmet imported foods from more than 45 countries, plans to open a second location at 84th Street and Greenfield Avenue in West Allis.

Its current location is at 92nd Street and Cleveland Avenue, also West Allis.

The proposed store would be in a former office building and located across the street from a 210-unit apartment building to be built by Ogden & Company and called Element 84. The proposed grocery store would be on the southwest corner of 84th and Greenfield and the apartments will be off the southeast corner.

Parthenon Foods is asking the city for a license to have a small liquor department offering imported wines and specialty liquors. Because allowing the license would put the city over its self-imposed class A liquor license maximum, a public hearing will be held. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Michael May, alderman for the area, supports going above the maximum, saying that if a large grocery store such as Pick 'n Save had the same request, it would probably be granted.

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West Allis seeks grant to replace lead pipes to keep lead out of water

July 12, 2016 11:41 a.m. | With the state of Wisconsin so serious about getting lead out of water flowing into homes that it has set aside $11 million to help, West Allis is trying to get its share of that.

The city has applied for a state Department of Natural Resources grant for up to half a million dollars. It would be used to replace public and even private water laterals, pipes that carry water from the main in the street to homes.

Lead is a hazard for young children. It causes developmental delays and possibly other problems, studies show. There is not a lead problem in West Allis, said Mike Lewis, public works director.

"We test extensively for lead and we pass the tests fine," he said.

However he said, "I believe the country as a whole is going toward replacing all lead pipes," so, a grant would help West Allis afford that.

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