Nathan Hale student's death being probed

Jan. 04, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Three persons were questioned at the West Allis Police Station in connection with an incident that led to the death of a 16-year-old boy suspected of shoplifting, police said Friday.

The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at a convenience store at 92nd Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. When police arrived, they found the boy being restrained by customers. The boy had stopped breathing and police immediately began CPR. Fire Department personnel took over when they arrived and resuscitated him. He was then taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa where he later died.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the actions of all those involved, West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said. The three who were questioned at the station were interviewed the day of the incident. Police will not release details of the incident until the investigation is complete and the DA's office has made its determination, he said.

Power outage affects New Berlin schools

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | The power went out at three New Berlin Schools and about 8,400 homes and businesses in New Berlin and Brookfield about 11:15 a.m. Friday, as a We Energies power line failed, affecting equipment at a substation, Cathy Schulze, We Energies spokeswoman said.

The power line is along Lincoln Avenue in New Berlin, she said.

The schools and about 2,000 other customers had power again by 12:25 p.m. All 8,400 customers had power back by 12:40 p.m.

The New Berlin schools affected were New Berlin West Middle/High School, Ronald Reagan and Poplar Creek elementary schools.

The fact that the outage came at lunchtime and recess was a help, Superintendent Joe Garza said.

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Power restored for 8,400 customers along Brookfield, New Berlin border

Jan. 04, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Power has been restored to about 8,400 We Energies customers in Brookfield along the border with New Berlin, We Energy spokesman Brian Manthey said Friday.

The power failure occurred about 11:15 a.m. and was restored at 12:40 p.m.

Manthey said the problem was a fault in a piece of equipment on a pole that then sent a signal down the line to the substation, which knocked out power along the line. The pole was located in the Calhoun Road/Lincoln Ave. area, he said.

Customers affected live largely along the border between Brookfield and New Berlin, along the areas of Lincoln and Greenfield avenues and Calhoun Road, he said.


New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers

Jan. 04, 2013 9:49 a.m. | Two-term New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers in his bid for a third term, with one of those challengers being a former mayor and another a current alderman.

Mary Claire Lanser, 14550 W. Meadowshire Drive, served as New Berlin mayor from 1993 to 1997. District 7 Alderman David Ament, 18330 W. Lynette Lane, is running both for mayor and unopposed for re-election as alderman.

If Ament is elected both mayor and alderman, the Common Council would likely appoint someone to serve as District 7 alderman until an election can be held in April 2014 for someone to finish the rest of the term, speculated City Clerk Kari Morgan. But she will confirm that if the need arises, she said.

Because five candidates are running for mayor, a primary election will be held Feb. 19. The top two vote-getters will go on to the spring election April 2.

Chiovatero, 3485 Long Acre Drive, was elected to his first four-year term as mayor in 2005 after serving as alderman for six years.

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New Berlin Ethics Board unanimously dismisses complaint against Laura Karvala

Jan. 04, 2013 8:55 a.m. | The New Berlin Ethics Board on Thursday unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint about New Berlin Alderwoman Laura Karvala, saying the complaint didn't meet the requirements in the in city's codes.

Michael Neuens, chairman of the three-member Ethics Board, announced that the board agrees with Karvala's attorney that the complaint is insufficient.

In a letter to the city's Ethics Board, attorney Michael Maistelman had argued that the Jan. 3 ethics hearing should be dismissed, citing reasons why the Ethics Board should not have found probable cause to hold the hearing in the first place.

Those reasons included that elements of the complaint were unverified and that Karvala did not get to present her side at the board's meeting on Dec. 4, when it considered the complaint and petition signed by numerous Glen Park subdivision residents.

The complaint alleges that Karvala should have recused herself from a New Berlin Common Council vote for temporary closure of Wilbur Drive. That closure, which may become permanent, would increase the value of Karvala's home that is located on Wilbur, the complaint alleges.

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Tool House acquires Minnesota company

Jan. 03, 2013 2:40 p.m. | The Tool House, a New Berlin distributor of assembly tools used in manufacturing, has acquired a Minnesota company that does similar work in the Midwest.

The Tool House said Thursday it purchased the industrial equipment division of Applied Products Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minn.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Applied Products division has six employees, all of whom will remain with the company in Minnesota, according to The Tool House.

West girls basketball team host PINK OUT night Jan. 11

Jan. 03, 2013 2:38 p.m. |  The New Berlin West girls basketball team is holding the Vikings’ first-ever ‘PINK OUT’ Night to help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Jan. 11.

The Vikings, who host Wauwatosa West, will ear new white/pink and royal uniforms and socks and they will be selling pink T-shirts and other items for the game.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink and have fun on Jan. 11 and support the life-saving work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by making a donation and attending the girls basketball game.
In order to contribute people can join The Lady Vikings Basketball Program in going Passionately Pink for the Cure®! - a great way to fight breast cancer.

You can help fund critical breast cancer research, as well as local education, screening and treatment programs that impact people in our community.

Just go to and go to New Berlin West Lady Vikings. The team ID number is 13932167.

When you donate online, you’ll receive an electronic receipt and be able to see how your donation is contributing to our team fundraising goal of $1,000.

Social media users remember Jennifer Sebena

Dec. 31, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was remembered on Saturday at her funeral at Elmbrook Church. 

But community members, law enforcement officials and other people didn't stop then. They continued to offer remembrances on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels. Read the social media story.

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