News & Notes: Dec. 13

Dec. 13, 2011

Drug teams raid West Allis location

West Allis - The two people who were taken into custody last week following a drug raid on a duplex in the 1300 block of South 116th Street remained hospitalized Tuesday.

The man, 38, and woman, 32, both of West Allis, both developed medical conditions that police said may be related to drug use.

The raid that police say turned up chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs involved the West Allis and Milwaukee police departments, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group and the West Allis Fire Department.

As a precaution, part of 116th Street was initially blocked off as entry teams went in wearing hazardous materials protection suits.

There was no one in the building at the time, but authorities took the couple into custody at an apartment in the 2100 block of 111th Street in West Allis.

Police suspect the chemicals they found are used in the manufacture gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) also known as liquid ecstasy, said West Allis Deputy Police Chief Jerry Ponzi. Authorities seized other substances that may have been the finished product, he said. Everything is now being analyzed by the state crime lab.

Residents begin receiving new trash carts

Greenfield - New garbage and recycling carts have begun arriving at Greenfield homes, but residents shouldn't use them just yet.

On Jan.1, Greenfield will begin a five-year residential garbage and recycling contract with Johns Disposal Service of Whitewater. This contract will serve residential properties of four units or less.

The new carts, which will be delivered throughout the month, shouldn't be used until after the last refuse collection in December.

The new carts will be picked up by an automated arm mounted on new trucks that have been purchased to serve Greenfield customers.

State Fair among Fairest of the Fairs

West Allis - The Wisconsin State Fair won 24 first, second and third place awards at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention.

The fair won first place for Best Advertising Campaign in the largest and most competitive division.

Overall, the fair came away with 10 first places, nine second places and five third places.

School track to keep on trekking

West Allis - There is a rumor going around that is mystifying West Allis-West Milwaukee school officials.

It is that Quad Graphics supposedly offered to replace the track at the West Allis athletic complex in exchange for naming rights.

School officials know nothing about that and a spokeswoman for the company said, "I know of no such offer."

Aldi to reopen bigger, brighter

Greenfield - Beginning Dec. 8, a newer bigger Aldi grocery store will open on the site of the older store that was razed at 4225 S. 108th St.

The all-new store will have the "new look" of Aldi - with higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs.

Police give coffee, greetings to shoppers

Greenfield - On Thanksgiving night Greenfield police officers gave hot coffee and candy canes to shoppers waiting in lines at Greenfield's Best Buy and Target stores waiting for them to open.

The officers knew they would be there anyway seeing to crowd control and thought it would be nice to make the night a little more cheery for the waiting shoppers.

Great Skott opens in time for holidays

West Allis - Great Skott, a merchandiser and distributor of premium nuts, dried fruit, snacks, candy and chocolates, opened a Retail Outlet Store at 206 S. Curtis Road.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays the store offers a variety of nuts, dried fruit, snacks, candy and chocolates at discounted prices and packaged in containers ranging from small gift bags to large party tubs, as well as gift boxes for the holidays.

Great Skott also offers unique food items not always available in the general marketplace, such as dehydrated shitake mushrooms, goji berries and mango.

Indonesian educators visit Greenfield High

Greenfield - On Oct. 26, nearly two dozen educators from Indonesia were slated to visit Greenfield High School.

They planned to watch Greenfield teachers in action, discuss curriculum and instructional techniques and tour the school.

Their visit, sponsored by Friendship Force International, is designed to overcome cultural barriers and promote global understanding by building friendships around the world.

Greenfield teachers viewed the visit as a chance to learn from the Indonesian educators by talking about each group's educational practices, styles, philosophies and other issues.

City considers measure to curtail gas thefts

Greenfield - Greenfield officials are thinking about strongly encouraging all gas stations in the city to go to prepay for gas in addition to paying at the pump in hopes of drastically reducing gas driveoffs.

Interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt told the Greenfield Legislative Committee that Green Bay had virtually eliminated gas driveoffs by eliminating investigations at stations that do not have prepay. Instead, the owners must write a report, get the registration information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles based on eye witnesses or surveillance videos, and then give the information to police who take it from there, Wentlandt said.

The vast majority of Green Bay gas stations have gone to prepay, he said.

He met with Greenfield gas station owners and all were in favor of going prepay except one, Wentlandt said. That one has a competitor nearby in New Berlin and he is afraid of losing business to the New Berlin station because it would not have prepay.

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