Three vehicles broken into Nov. 8 & 9 on north end of Bay View business district

November 18, 2014

Milwaukee Police Department verified crime reports:

An incident (#143130068) of Locked Vehicle Entry was recorded at 425 E SMITH ST on 11/09/2014 @ 01:44 PM. The final outcome or disposition of this incident was recorded as Referred/Closed.

An incident (#143130077) of Locked Vehicle Entry was recorded at S KINNICKINNIC AV/E WARD ST on 11/09/2014 @ 03:18 PM. The final outcome or disposition of this incident was recorded as Referred/Closed.

An incident (#143120113) of Locked Vehicle Entry was recorded at 2671 S KINNICKINNIC AV on 11/08/2014 @ 07:39 PM. The final outcome or disposition of this incident was recorded as Referred/Closed.

If you have any information regarding these crimes, you can call the District #6 station at 935-7263.

Kenosha home-health-agency owner charged with fraud, forgery and racketeering; $1,522,307.56 in false billings

November 14, 2014

Source: Press Release Office of Wisconsin State Attorney General

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Kenosha woman has been charged with seven counts of medical assistance fraud, two counts of forgery and one count of racketeering activity.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 16, 2014, at 9:30 am.

According to the Department of Justice’s criminal complaint, Carleen D. Larson, R.N., Kenosha, was the owner of The Caring Heart, a home health personal care agency that was a certified Wisconsin Medicaid provider.  Larson was responsible for all agency business operations, including prior authorization requests and billing.  Wisconsin Medicaid is a program jointly funded by the state and federal governments that pays for health-related services to low income and medically needy persons.

An investigation showed that between July 2005 and July 2014, The Caring Heart billed for cares (sic) when services had not been provided.  Included with the false billings were prior authorization requests for which Larson allegedly forged doctors’ signatures.  The Caring Heart billed approximately 94,987 hours, receiving $1,522,307.56 in payments due to these false billings.

The complaint, available here, was filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court on November 13 at the time of the initial appearance.  A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial.

The case was investigated and is being prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit.


Last day to rake leaves into street is Sat., November 15

November 13, 2014

 leavesREMINDER from Dept. of Public Works

Last day to rake leaves into street is Sat., November 15
Last day to request a special pick-up for brush is November 30 

City of Milwaukee residents have until Saturday, November 15, 2014 to rake their leaves into the curb lanes on their street.

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) Sanitation crews will continue to collect leaves until Wednesday, November 26 as it takes approximately two weeks to make a complete sweep of the entire city.

In addition, November 30 is the last day to request a special pick-up for brush piles.

Leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts. DPW collects leaves, brush and yard waste separately from garbage and composts it, which conserves natural resources while saving the City money. Residents are also encouraged to mulch leaves, and leave grass clippings on the lawn. This saves time and money, and adds nutrients to the soil.

Tips for a successful fall leaf collection:

• Keep leaf piles away from storm drains and sewer grates in the street

• Place garden debris on top of leaf piles

• Do not put leaves in plastic bags

• Do not put leaves in garbage carts

• Do not put brush into the street – call 286-CITY (2489) by November 30 for a pick-up

YEAR-ROUND DISPOSAL OF LEAVES AND BRUSH: City residents can take their leaves and brush any time of the year to one of DPW’s Self Help Centers located at 6660 N. Industrial Road and 3879 W. Lincoln Ave. For more information on Self Help Center hours of operation and items accepted at Self Help, call 286-CITY (2489) or go to

Sanitation staff collects an average of 15,000 tons of leaves each year. Last year 15,250 tons of leaves were collected.

Operation Alley Cat initiative pays off with arrest — suspect believed to be responsible for stealing from garages

November 13, 2014

Milwaukee police have arrested a man suspected of stealing items from alley garages — thanks in large part by the quality of video surveillance footage captured by one of the Operation Alley Cat cameras — according to Alderman Bob Donovan, who helped launch the project and who will discuss the arrest during a news conference today in the alley where the man was captured on video.


Video surveillance via an alley-mounted video camera was used by MPD’s Operation Alley cat and led to the arrest of the suspect shown in this photo released by the police this morning. The man is suspected of stealing items from alley garages.

Alderman Donovan said the image of the suspect (attached) captured from the alley-mounted video camera clearly illustrates the effectiveness of the Operation Alley Cat initiative. “The video footage in this case has helped identify this suspect, and police are now investigating to see if this individual is responsible for other possible thefts in the area,” he said. “The video doesn’t lie, and I believe this is exactly what Operation Alley Cat can do to help make life a living hell for cowardly crooks who think they can operate unseen in our alleys.”

The video surveillance cameras are being installed in a partnership arrangement involving Alderman Donovan’s Operation Impact across the Operation Impact area. The alley cameras add yet another tool to help fight crimes such as illegal dumping, graffiti, illegal car repair, drug dealing and drug use, as well as break-ins and burglaries. The cameras will provide footage that can be monitored by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The Operation Impact target area is located within the 2nd Police District and is bounded by W. Pierce St. on the north, W. Lincoln Ave. on the south, S. 16th Street/S. Cesar Chavez Dr. on the east and S. 38th St. on the west.

Ald. Murphy hosting Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting Nov. 19

November 12, 2014

Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting 

President Murphy hosting key meeting next week targeting parents, loved ones 

Common Council President Michael J. Murphy is hosting a free and open public meeting next week to begin a neighborhood and community dialog about the heroin and opiates problem.

The meeting – Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting – will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in the auditorium at the Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services Building, 5225 W. Vliet St.

President Murphy, who collaborated with the Zilber Family Foundation, Mayor Tom Barrett and elected officials and community leaders in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine and Washington counties in organizing the first-ever Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium in June 2014, said the meeting next week is open to anyone interested in learning more about the heroin and opiates addiction problem. “I sincerely invite all community members – especially parents and those with loved ones impacted by heroin or opioid addiction – to attend this event to learn how to make a difference in protecting Milwaukee from the scourge of heroin, opiates and other drug use and abuse,” he said.

“There will also be a personal story about how one family has been affected by this very serious and too often deadly problem,” President Murphy said.

President Murphy said the neighborhood and community meeting will be an extension of the larger, regional symposium, but will be especially geared toward parents. The program will include useful information related to youth trends in MPS as well as services being provided by MPS. Milwaukee Police Department and other law enforcement officials will also cover the intersection of heroin/opiates and law enforcement/criminal justice system, including data trends in the City of Milwaukee, MPD’s role outside of arrests, diversion programs and more.

Following the meeting there will be a resource fair just outside the auditorium where attendees can visit several staffed tables offering helpful information and resources.

For more information please contact President Murphy’s office at 414-286-2074.


Outpost donates $20,000

November 3, 2014

Outpost Natural Foods announced that it donated $20,000 to the City of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability’s “HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee” program. The money is earmarked for neighborhood initiatives that transform vacant or abandoned city lots and spark economic development and entrepreneurship that supports local, healthy food production.

The 44-year-old co-op attributes around 32 percent of its overall retail sales to local and regionally produced foods. They hope to increase that percentage to 75 percent, with 50 percent of that coming from within 100 miles, by the year 2022.

The donated funds were accepted and will be administered by the Milwaukee Economic Development Corps on behalf of the city’s program, according to Outpost’s Margaret Mittelstadt.

Jim Baker sells Bay View Printing

November 3, 2014

Bay View Printing sold

After 30 years of owning and operating Bay View Printing Co., Jim Baker has retired. He sold his business to Ashley Town, a Bay View resident. She will continue to operate it under the same business name.

King Building five-story apartment development plan abandoned

November 3, 2014

Developer SG Property Management's revision redevelopment of the King Building, 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will develop commercial retail space instead of four new floors of apartments.

Developer SG Property Management’s revised redevelopment plan for the King Building, 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is for commercial/retail space instead of four to five stories of apartments.

Earlier this year developer Scott Genke (SG Property Management, LLC) announced plans to redevelop the King Building, 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., to a five-story apartment structure. The project would have involved adding three or four more stories to the building, which has housed Just Add Soap for more than a decade.

Genke said that he discovered that adding the extra floors was too invasive and too expensive and that he is returning to his original plan, renovating the “exceptional historic structure prime commercial space in Bay View.”

The renovation includes restoring the interior back to the original design that included a mezzanine level, 17 foot ceilings, terrazzo floors, and arched storefronts creating two 3,000-square-foot storefronts. Each of those spaces 2,000 square feet of ground floor space and an additional 1,000 square feet in the mezzanine.

An additional 4,500 square feet of ground floor space will be offered plus up to 10,000 square feet in the building’s lower level.

Genke plans to offer outdoor, south-facing, patio space, rooftop options, and off street parking for up to 12 cars in the adjacent lot.

He said a restaurant, marketplace, brewery, coffee roaster, or distribution center are some of the businesses that would be a good fit.

BVNA photo contest winners — the slideshow

November 2, 2014

Bay View Neighborhood’s photo contest winners were announced in September and displayed at Bay View Gallery Night Sept. 26.

The judges were Chris Larson, state senator; Jordan Lee, Radio Milwaukee DJ; Aaron Shapiro, BVMHS principal; Nichole Williams, BVNA president; and Tony Zielinski, alderman.

There were three categories: Adult Professional Photographer; Adult Amateur Photographer; and Youth Photographer for those under age 18.

Neighbors voted for their favorite photos on Facebook for the popular vote award.

All Bay View residents were invited to submit photos.

Forty-four people submitted 156 photos: 33 amateur photographers submitted 114 images; seven professional photographers submitted 32 images; and four young people submitted 10 images.

The popular vote-winning photo received 157 votes (likes). “The judges selected the other winners independent of the Facebook voting portion,” said Jeff Mc Avoy of BVNA.

The winners in the amateur category were Chelsea Vecchione, Ginny Prince, and  Steve Hyma; in the professional category they were Chris Robleski, Brig Higgins, and Hayley McCormick; and in the youth category they were Claudia Spice, Cy Williams, and Mirabella Williams.

Bigfoot Bike & Skate, Guanajuato’s, Hamburger Mary’s, Honeypie, Palomino, Rocket Baby Bakery, and Walgreens donated prizes.
See the all the photos that were submitted: