Southridge Macy's receiving finishing touches

Feb. 28, 2012 11:43 a.m. |  Crews are working from early morning until evening to put the finishing touches on the new Macy’s store at Southridge Mall in Greendale in preparation for its grand opening in mid-March, the store’s manager said Tuesday.

“To see what it has become in just a short period of time has just been incredible,” Jennifer Duffy, vice president and manager, said during a tour of the store.

The two-level, 150,000-square-foot store, located in space formerly occupied by Younker’s department store, features lots of the color white and includes LED lighting that helps create a bright atmosphere. It has wide aisles, white tile floors, large fitting rooms, lounge areas near the fitting rooms with televisions and an abundance of electronic price checkers.

Displays now are being set up, and merchandise is trucked in from Illinois daily to stock the various departments. The store has hired 160 employees.

The store will be the sixth Macy’s in Wisconsin and the second – along with the Mayfair mall store – in the Milwaukee area. It is one of only two being opened by the Cincinnati-based retailer nationally this year. The other is in Salt Lake City.

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South Milwaukee man charged with possessing child porn

Feb. 26, 2012 4:16 p.m. | A 27-year-old South Milwaukee man has been charged with possession of child pornography after prosecutors say he sent photos of underage girls to an undercover police officer.

The officer from the state Department of Justice tracked photos of pre-pubescent girls from a file exchange network online to Gino Madosh's computer. On Jan. 9, Madosh also sent two photos - one of them involving a baby - to the undercover officer, according to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant.

Madosh, who just turned 27, has been charged with a felony. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision plus up to $100,000 in fines.

Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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St. Marie-Carls, Mayer advance in St. Francis mayoral race

Feb. 21, 2012 9:04 p.m. | CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls and Jeffrey L. Mayer will face off on April 3 to determine who will succeed Al Richards as the mayor of the city of St. Francis.

St. Marie-Carls, the manager for a communications company and former public information officer for the city of Kenosha, finished first in Tuesday's primary. Mayer, a former alderman, finished second in a field of four.

Daniel O'Brien, a businessman, and David Sopolinski, a former alderman and small-business owner, were also on the ballot.

Richards did not seek another term.

Police identify victim of fatal shooting in Cudahy

Feb. 20, 2012 10:02 p.m. | A 19-year-old man shot to death at a house party in Cudahy was identified by police Monday as David Opalinski.

Two men were arrested in connection with the shooting, which was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of E. Barnard Ave., police said.

Police said they will seek charges of first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon against a 19-year-old man, and second-degree recklessly endangering safety against a 21-year-old man.

Both men were in the Milwaukee County jail Monday night.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Cudahy police at (414) 769-2260 Ext. 0.

Franklin woman, Neosho man killed in snowmobiling accidents

Feb. 20, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Beaver Dam - Two Wisconsin residents died in separate snowmobile accidents over the weekend. One fatality occurred in Dodge County, and the other was in Langlade County.

In Dodge County, six people were riding snowmobiles on frozen Beaver Dam Lake on Saturday when the ice gave way, and all six plunged into the water.

They were pulled out, and four were taken to a hospital. Forty-five-year-old Allen C. Aufdermauer from the Neosho area didn't survive.

Earlier that morning, 58-year-old Dianne Galle of Franklin was riding a snowmobile in Langlade County. Sheriff's deputies responded to a report that she hit a tree and lost consciousness.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol wasn't considered a factor.

Mayoral candidates express opinions on Delphi decision at forum

Feb. 09, 2012 4:56 p.m. | Oak Creek - Not surprisingly, questions about the Common Council's vote to relocate city hall and the library dominated the mayoral candidates' forum Wednesday night.

Specifically, the three candidates were queried about Mayor Al Foeckler's tie-breaking vote Tuesday night that decided the fate of the two buildings. The mayor's vote determined that the city hall and library should be rebuilt on the former site of the Delphi Automotive plant, 7925 S. Howell Ave.

More than one of the questions from the audience at the forum, sponsored and held at the Oak Creek Community Center, asked whether Foeckler, who was appointed - not elected - to the city's top position should have had the authority to determine the outcome of the issue that has been the focal point of the election.

Running for mayor are Alderman Tom Michalski, who is also the 6th District alderman; Alderman Steve Scaffidi, who currently is also council president; and Mark Verhalen, who is a member of the Oak-Creek Franklin School Board. The top vote-getters in the Feb. 21 primary will face off in the April 3 general election.

Much like Tuesday's vote, the candidates differed in their opinions on whether the unelected mayor's vote should have such sway.

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Ex-Iceport site in Cudahy draws interest

Feb. 02, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Some possible new light industrial and office uses have surfaced for portions of the former Iceport site, in Cudahy.

One prospective development would use 10 acres for a distribution center, and another would use 6 to 8 acres for a similar project, including office space, said Brian Biernat, Cudahy's economic development director.

Biernat declined to provide names of the prospective users. The city Community Development Authority's board recently met in closed session to discuss interest in the city-owned site. The state open meetings law allows governments to hold closed sessions to discuss real estate negotiations.

City officials hope to soon obtain certification from the state Department of Natural Resources regarding an environmental cleanup conducted at the site, south of E. Layton Ave. and east of S. Nicholson Ave.

The department's sign-off on the cleanup is needed before the land can be sold or leased for development.

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