Lions Club to award $1,000 scholarships

March 29, 2013 2:32 p.m. | The Franklin Noon Lions Club has announced it will offer two scholarships in the amount of $1,000.

Each scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior pursuing a two- or four-year degree, or a trade or vocational studies program. Applicants must live in or attend high school in Franklin.

Interested students should call Lion Bruce Kaniewski, Scholarship Committee chairman, at (414) 339-4105 for the application packet. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team

March 29, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.

He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.

Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.

You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

Caterpillar to lay off up to 300 employees in South Milwaukee

March 28, 2013 9:36 p.m. | Caterpillar Inc. will lay off up to 300 employees at its Milwaukee-area factories before June and says it will reduce labor costs at its other U.S. plants as sales of mining and construction equipment have slowed.

The local layoffs, described by the company as short-term and temporary, will include up to 40% of the blue collar workforce at the South Milwaukee and Milwaukee plants that build some of the world's biggest mining machines.

How long people are out of work will depend on the company's business outlook, according to Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar. Locally, it also could depend on contract negotiations with the United Steelworkers union that begin next week.

The timing of the layoff announcement is scary, said Ross Winklbaur, a Steelworkers subdistrict director.

"We wonder whether this is for real, or whether it's just another way to try and intimidate people," he said.

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Layton State Bank partners with web-based company in teaching financial literacy to high school students

March 28, 2013 5:07 p.m. | Layton State Bank is partnering with EverFi, Inc. to help high school students become financially literate and certified before they enter the complicated world of credit scores, debt, taxes and other concepts found in the complex world of finances.

EverFi, a Washington D.C. based company, uses technology as its platform to educate students on various subjects including, substance abuse, civic engagement and financial security. Marquette University uses the companies AlcoholEdu for College assessment in educating all incoming freshman on the importance of substance abuse and appropriate alcohol consumption.

Over 1,000 high school students in West Allis, Greendale, Greenfield and New Berlin School Districts will take part in the 10-unit, six hour course. The students will be taught, assessed and certified in the overarching topics of credit scores, credit cards, student loans, taxes, mortgages, insurance, savings, stocks and 401k’s. Throughout the course the students progress and scores will be tracked and those students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certification in Financial Literacy.

The web-based program uses technology as a way to grasp the youths attention and spark an interest. The hope is that by using avatars, gaming and other interactives the material becomes more engaging and interesting for the students. 

The announcement of Layton State Bank and EverFi’s partnership comes days before the beginning of April, the national financial literacy month. 

Muskego lures Northern Gear with $825,000 in tax incentives

March 28, 2013 12:04 p.m. | The City of Muskego says it's offering $825,000 in tax incentives for a gear manufacturer to relocate in the city's business park from Franklin.

Northern Gear LLC, a gear manufacturer and machining company, will seek city planning commission approval next week to build a 96,000-square-foot plant in Muskego's Moorland Commerce Center West, just south of the GE Healthcare warehouse on Moorland Road.

The move is expected to create about 90 jobs, city officials said Thursday in a news release.

An agreement with Northern Gear would allow it to receive tax incremental finance incentives totaling $825,000 to help the company with the move.

The company will have an investment in its own facility and will become more profitable while expanding. The city will realize more commerce and jobs, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said in the news release.

Greendale School Board candidates to speak at forum

March 27, 2013 11:30 a.m. | All six Greendale School Board candidates are expected to attend a forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 in the Greendale High School multipurpose room, 6801 Southway.

The candidates will compete for three open seats April 2.

The Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will host the forum, and the public is invited to attend.

Candidates will answer questions posed by the audience and non-biased questions through a moderator. Each question will be directed to all candidates.

WHAT: School Board candidate forum

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Doggone good name: K-9 isn't here yet, but already has a moniker

March 26, 2013 3:06 p.m. | Greendale - Residents can stop barking about what they think is a suitable name for the German shepherd that will join the Police Department in May.

Officers with the newly-formed K-9 unit held a contest last month to name the dog and the results are in.

The Village Board met Friday and selected NOVA, which stands for "New Official Village Avenger."

The winning name was submitted by 9-year-old Alex Alenius from Highland View School. Alenius wins a T-shirt, an autographed photo with the new dog and possibly a few licks of affection.

The Greendale Police Department received $14,000 in February from multiple donors to help pay for the canine, training and a bullet-resistant and stab-proof vest.

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Dog rescued from KK River prepped for adoption from Elmbrook Humane Society

March 26, 2013 1:14 p.m. | A dog rescued from Milwaukee's Kinnickinnic River last week will be up for adoption at the Elmbrook Humane Society, 20950 Enterprise Avenue, on Friday.

Charley, a two-year-old Pug/Shepherd mix, was saved by Milwaukee police after the Milwaukee Harbor Patrol got a call March 17 about a dog trapped on a chunk of ice on the river in Bay View, police said.

He was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission in hopes of being reunited with his family, but Charley wasn't wearing a tag and had not been microchipped, city officials said.

According to WITI-TV (Channel 6), the dog's former owner, Tracy Zillmer recognized her pet on TV and later surrendered ownership to MADACC because she could no longer afford to care for him. He was transferred to the Elmbrook Humane Society on March 20, EBHS said in a news release.

Rachel Coolbroth, director of community relations and development at EBHS, said Charley has been bathed, microchipped and showered with love and attention since his arrival.

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Canterbury sells lemonade to fight childhood cancer

March 25, 2013 2:16 p.m. | Greendale - Canterbury Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern Mutual to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in raising money to help fight childhood cancer.

The school will host lemonade stands throughout the school year, including during the family open house Saturday, with all proceeds going toward the cause.

Robby McFaul, Greendale Public Works director, built the stand last week, with students and teachers giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Community members who would like to donate money or supplies for the stand can email Marlo Dentice-Johnson at

Greendale teachers win Kohl Educational Foundation awards

March 25, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Greendale - A couple local teachers were recognized by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation for their work with students during a luncheon Saturday at Greenfield High School.

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in Wisconsin. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom, according to a new release from the foundation.

College Park Elementary School teacher Colleen Korpal was selected for creating a strong literacy foundation for her students, said Kitty Goyette, communications director for the district.

"Children in her class develop an appreciation of multiple types of literature. She creates excitement for reading through engaging read-alouds, conversations and book talks," Goyette said.

Korpal also won the Charlie Hermann Educator of the Year Award from the Greendale Chamber of Commerce this year.

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Greendale Easter egg hunt on Saturday

March 25, 2013 1:38 p.m. | Get your baskets ready for the Greendale Lions Club's Easter egg hunt. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway.

Children 4 and younger will meet in front of the school, children ages 5 and 6 will meet on Brinkman Field No. 1 and children ages 7 and 8 will meet on Brinkman Field No. 2.

If the weather is bad, the hunt will be moved inside.

For information, call Jerry Braun at (414) 421-4318.

Franklin Easter egg hunt this weekend

March 25, 2013 1:30 p.m. | The Franklin Lions Club will host its annual Easter egg hunt at Lions Legend Park, at Loomis Road and Legend Drive, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Kids 10 and younger can expect candy, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cudahy candidate plans to plead not guilty to soliciting prostitute

March 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. | Cudahy aldermanic candidate Robert Schmadl said Thursday that he will plead not guilty to a municipal ticket accusing him of soliciting a prostitute last month. 

Schmadl, one of two candidates running for the 5th District seat in Cudahy, is accused of offering an escort $50 to have sex with him at his house on the day after the Feb. 19 primary election. 

Reached on his cell phone, the 38-year-old candidate said he was innocent but referred questions to Zak Williams, his campaign spokesman. Williams later issued a statement calling the allegations "blatantly not true."

"He is happily married and would do nothing to cause his wife and family pain or embarrassment," Williams said in the email regarding his boss.

Schmadl, who finished second in a four-way primary, is challenging Cudahy Ald. Dick Bartoshevich in the April general election. Running as a write-in campaign is Michele St. Marie Boelkow, who was third in the primary. 

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Woman's flight from Oak Creek officers ends in Illinois

March 20, 2013 12:16 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 47-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for fleeing police after leading a police officer on a high-speed chase during the early morning hours of March 14.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An officer attempted to pull the woman's vehicle over after she almost caused an accident in the 1300 block of West Ryan Road about 2:40 a.m. March 14. The woman took off driving south on 27th Street, with the officer in pursuit.

Officers chased the vehicle for over 24 miles until the pursuit was called off at 3:11 a.m.

Later that day, police received a call from the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Illinois, reporting they had recovered the woman's vehicle and had the woman in custody. She was taken back to the Oak Creek Police Department, where she was arrested and booked.

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County to dredge Bender Park harbor

March 20, 2013 11:20 a.m. | Oak Creek - The city may see Milwaukee County make good on a commitment to dredge Bender Park's harbor opening so boats can enter.

The county made a commitment in 2012 to dredge the harbor, but plans were delayed and eventually pushed to 2013. The county aims to finish dredging the harbor by May 1.

There also are long-range plans to add a crane on the south end with a 90-foot arm to continue dredging operations.

Oak Creek police: Mother smashes daughter's car with hammer outside hotel

March 19, 2013 5:44 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 51-year-old Milwaukee woman who was apparently upset with her daughter used a hammer to vandalize her daughter's car while it was parked outside Comfort Suites, 6362 S. 13th St., Saturday.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman's daughter was staying at Comfort Suites when she called police about 6 p.m. March 16 to report her car had been vandalized by her mother.

Two witnesses told police they saw a woman breaking out the windows of the car with a hammer shortly before 6 p.m., and surveillance footage shows a person walking up to the vehicle and smashing its windows.

The woman used the hammer to smash the windshield, the front driver-side and front passenger-side windows, the screen on the CD player inside the vehicle and the rear-view mirror. She also damaged the gear shifter and windshield wiper handle. Damage to the car is estimated at $1,065.

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Coyote caught on camera in Franklin

March 19, 2013 10:44 a.m. | A coyote in one Franklin neighborhood has been so elusive some were beginning to wonder if it existed at all.

Donna O'Malley submitted proof last week when she captured the coyote on camera. She spotted it in her backyard Feb. 20 at about 7:30 a.m. She had seen it trotting in her backyard before, its bushy tail bouncing with each stride, but she was never lucky enough to have a camera ready.

"(The coyote) is not bothersome; it just appears to be passing through," O'Malley said. "I am just mindful of it and never let our dog out without being extra careful and watchful."

Tom Isaac, a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said O'Malley is right to be protective of her dog.

"Once in awhile they'll take a cat, or even a small dog," he said.

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Greendale High to host anti-bullying event featuring ex-Packer Gilbert Brown

March 18, 2013 4:22 p.m. | A high school where a bullied student called in a bomb threat last fall in retaliation for being voted onto the homecoming court as a joke is hosting a regional anti-bullying event Wednesday.

The free public event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Greendale High School Auditorium, will feature an acclaimed documentary about bullying and former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown, who was bullied as a teen and has a foundation to mentor kids.

"We want to help kids stand up for each other in a positive way," said James Dean, spokesman for a new community-based, nonprofit advocacy group that's hosting the event. "When students decide they're not going to allow other students to be bullied, it will stop."

Greendale Against Bullying formed in December in response to the high-profile bullying case at the high school and other incidents of bullying in the community and across the country. Peer advocates already have been mentored at Greendale High School, and the community-based group serves as a resource and partner for the school.

The advocacy group's motto: "We've got your back."

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NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at with the subject Facebook comments.

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Proposed Oak Creek hotel runs into another delay

March 14, 2013 7:00 a.m. | The long-standing proposal for an Oak Creek hotel near Mitchell International Airport has run into another delay.

Developer Syner G's proposed Four Points Sheraton Hotel may be tall under county and federal regulations that limit building heights near the airport, according to an article by reporter Michael Runyon.

A foreclosure suit targeting the development site, at the southeast corner of S. Howell and E. College avenues, is still pending, according to online court records. A proposal to build a hotel at that site first surfaced in 2008, but the project has had trouble obtaining financing.

Oak Creek police say mother dials 911 to settle dinner dispute

March 13, 2013 8:57 a.m. | An Oak Creek mother who just wanted her kids to eat "without putting up a fuss" called 911 after her family got upset over what she brought home for dinner last week.

According to the police report:

In calling police at about 4:30 p.m. March 6, she reported that her children, who got into a food fight the night before, were now fighting about dinner again. She stated she wanted officers to come to the home and tell her children to eat whatever she cooks or brings home for dinner.

When police arrived, they discovered the caller was 66 years old and her children included her 31-year-old daughter, who acknowledged she had a verbal argument with her mother over food. The number and ages of the other "children" in the household were not specified.

Officers talked to the older woman, who stated she brought pizza home for dinner but didn't get any breadsticks and her children were upset.

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South Milwaukee man, stuck in ditch, grabs pot before getting ride from cops

March 12, 2013 7:12 a.m. | Oak Creek - A South Milwaukee man who drove his car into a ditch was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after he brought a bag containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia into a police squad before being taken home by an officer.

According to the police report:

An officer requested a tow truck after he saw a vehicle in a ditch with its hazard lights on in the 400 block of East Rawson Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Feb. 27. The driver, a 53-year-old South Milwaukee man, told the officer he had lost control of his car.

While waiting for the tow truck to arrive, the officer discovered the driver's license was suspended and he was given a ticket.

When the tow truck arrived, the officer had the man exit his vehicle in order to take him home, due to the man's suspended driving status.

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Greendale police arrest Milwaukee man for sexually assaulting wife, mistress at knife point

March 11, 2013 4:30 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault after he allegedly, at knife point, forced a Greendale woman and a Milwaukee woman to perform sexual acts on each other and himself.

The 36-year-old man also is charged with resisting an officer. Charges were filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on March 1. He faces up to 120 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint: On Feb. 16, the man was having drinks with his mistress when the two got into an argument about his wife. They left the bar and drove to his wife’s house and told his girlfriend, “You two are going to get along.”

The man drove the three of them around in a van for several hours. He threatened to kill the girlfriend, and asked his wife, “What do you want to do, do you want to keep her?”

They eventually pulled into a garage at 51st and Center streets. He pulled out a 12-inch knife and forced the women to perform sexual acts on each other and himself.

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Hales Corners Woman's Club offers scholarships

March 11, 2013 1:10 p.m. | Hales Corners - Applications for the Hales Corners Woman's Club's two $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors living in the Whitnall School District are due March 28.

Boys or girls who are legal residents of the district may apply. This includes students who live in the district but attend school elsewhere. Students living outside the district but who attended Whitnall High School for their entire senior year also are eligible.

Application forms are available at the guidance office at the high school, 5000 S. 116th St., or Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.

For information, call (414) 425-8635.

Rooftop fire prompts Franklin Home Depot evacuation

March 11, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Franklin - The Home Depot, 6489 S. 27th St, was evacuated about 8 p.m. Saturday after a fire broke out in a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit on the store's rooftop. There were no reported injuries.

According to Fire Chief Adam Remington, firefighters found the HVAC unit on the west side of the building on 27th Street in flames when they arrived.

"It appears the HVAC was malfunctioning," said Remington, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire quickly died after fire crews shut down electrical service and turned off the gas. It's estimated the fire caused $12,000 in damage.

The Home Depot was open for regularly scheduled store hours the next day.

Flood warnings issued for Milwaukee area rivers

March 11, 2013 11:12 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg in Ozaukee County and the Root River at Franklin in Milwaukee County. There is also a flood warning for the Fox River near New Munster.

The Milwaukee River could rise to 11.5 feet by midnight, with minor flooding. At 12 feet, waters could reach the backyards of homes in Thiensville. The Root River is forecast to rise to 8.3 feet this afternoon, with a 50% chance of flooding.

Rivers with flooding forecasts now with minor severity include Fox River near New Munster in Lake and Kenosha counties, and Sheboygan River in Sheboygan County.

Fire damages Home Depot in Franklin

March 10, 2013 11:14 a.m. | Customers and personnel had to be evacuated from the Home Depot in Franklin on Saturday night when a fire broke out in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.

The fire caused an estimated $12,000 in damages to the roof of the building on S. 27th St.

Firefighters received a report of smoke shortly after 8 p.m. When they arrived, they found the HVAC unit on the west side of the building in flames, said Patrick Hays, a battalion chief with the Franklin Fire Department.

Firefighters turned off the power to the unit, extinguished the fire and checked the surrounding area with infrared cameras.

Hays said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Franklin's tourney hopes dashed by Riverside

March 09, 2013 6:44 p.m. | One explosive and prolonged run made a huge difference in Franklin’s WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional championship game against Milwaukee Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

The Sabers showed plenty of resilience and fight, but they could not overcome a 36-8 burst by the Tigers in the first half and eventually fell, 69-59, at West Allis Central High School.

Franklin, which was riding the emotional high of its semifinal victory over rival Oak Creek two days earlier, jumped out to a 13-4 advantage in the first quarter with the help of 3-pointers from Jenny Eickhorst, Cassidy Mihalko and Katie Nord.

Riverside, though, tallied the final seven points of the period to come within 13-11, then blitzed the Sabers with a 29-8 second quarter to go up 40-21 at the half.

“I think what you saw (in the second period) was their gifted athleticism take over,” Franklin head coach Tony Kathrens said. “They just took the game over, and kudos to them.”

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WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest

March 08, 2013 10:54 p.m. | NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.

The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.

NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:

Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW

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Kokta's injury helps Franklin girls rally past Oak Creek, 58-53

March 07, 2013 9:50 p.m. | When opportunity presents itself, seize it.

The Franklin girls basketball team did just that Thursday night in a WIAA sectional semifinal at Greenfield, because when Oak Creek senior point guard Morgan Kokta went down with a wrist injury early in the fourth quarter, that opened the door for the Sabers as they rallied from an 11-point deficit for a stunning 58-53 victory.

"We knew we had an opportunity and we did take advantage of it," said Sabers' coach Tony Kathrens. "Our edict was allow the moment to be real. Do not predict the future. Just stay with it. Then Morgan went down and we took advantage of it."

The victory was the first in three tries for the Sabers over their archrival this season and advanced Franklin (21-4 overall) to a WIAA sectional final at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Allis Central against City Conference champion Milwaukee Riverside, which defeated DSHA in the other semifinal Thursday night.

It was a numbing turn of events for Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik, whose team had entered the game with a 23-game winning streak and was second-ranked in the state.

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Man flees Oak Creek drive-thru, leads cops on short chase

March 06, 2013 9:30 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 24-year-old Franklin man was arrested for drunken driving after he fled from officers who tried to talk to him while he was waiting for his food in the drive-thru lane at McDonald's on March 2.

According to the police report:

At 2:48 a.m., an employee at McDonald's, 9471 S. 13th St., reported a drunken driver in the drive-thru lane. The employee told police the man appeared highly intoxicated, was slurring his words and had forgotten what he ordered.

When an officer approached the man's vehicle, he sped from the parking lot, traveling west on Ryan Road from 13th Street. Officers pursued the vehicle a short distance, then called off the pursuit at 2:52 a.m. The driver continued west on Ryan Road to 33rd Street, where he got out of his car and attempted to run off.

The man was taken into custody by Franklin police at 2:53 a.m. and was arrested for second-offense drunken driving and eluding police. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18.

Oak Creek Police: Man grabs pot before getting a ride from officer

March 06, 2013 8:15 a.m. | Oak Creek - A South Milwaukee man who drove his car into a ditch was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after he brought a bag containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia into a police squad before being taken home by an officer.

According to the police report:

An officer requested a tow truck after he saw a vehicle in a ditch with its hazard lights on in the 400 block of East Rawson Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Feb. 27. The driver, a 53-year-old South Milwaukee man, told the officer he had lost control of his car.

While waiting for the tow truck to arrive, the officer discovered the driver's license was suspended and he was given a ticket. He also was cited for driving an unregistered vehicle and was given a verbal warning for losing control of the car.

When the tow truck arrived, the officer had the man exit his vehicle in order to take him home, due to the man's suspended driving status. Before getting out of his car, the man grabbed a plastic grocery bag from his car and carried it with him to the squad. The officer searched the man, placed him into the rear of the squad and the Woodman's bag was placed on the passenger's seat.

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Franklin man arrested for lobbing snowballs at cars

March 05, 2013 6:06 p.m. | Franklin - A local man found out the hard way that highballs and snowballs just don't mix after he was arrested Feb. 28.

According to the Franklin police reports:

At 2:48 a.m., police dispatch received a report of a vehicle in the ditch along Ryan Road at St. Martins Road. The caller also stated she saw two men walking eastbound toward 76th Street throwing snowballs at vehicles.

Dispatch received a second call minutes later from a woman who stated that two men jumped out at her as she drove past them on 76th Street.

While officers were on their way to the area, dispatchers received a third call from a man who reported that two men threw snowballs at his vehicle. When the caller stopped to confront them, one of the men became belligerent and broke the mirror off his truck.

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DiCarlo's, Family Vision burglarized

March 05, 2013 5:12 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating burglaries at two businesses in the 8400 block of South Howell Avenue.

According to the police reports:

An employee at DiCarlo's Trattoria & Pizzaria, 8469 S. Howell Ave., called police at 8:58 a.m. March 1 to report the restaurant had been broken into overnight.

The main customer doors to the restaurant had been forced open and the main office had been ransacked. Four cash registers were emptied and stacked in the main entryway. The amount of cash stolen during the burglary is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

During the investigation at the restaurant it was discovered an adjoining business, Family Vision, also had been burglarized. Although the doors to the business were found locked, an employee discovered that the petty cash drawer was short $150.

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Oak Creek momentum rolls forward

March 02, 2013 10:26 p.m. | There were no surprises in Oak Creek on Saturday night as the top-seeded Knights girls basketball team ousted visiting No. 4-seed Racine Case, 77-49, to advance to the WIAA Division 1 sectional.

It was the third – and despite the scoreboard, the most challenging – win over Racine Case (11-12) this season after two lopsided regular season contests. The Knights (23-1) will face another Southeast Conference opponent, No. 2-seeded Franklin (21-4), on Thursday night at Greenfield. The Knights also defeated the Sabers in both regular-season meetings.

“It didn’t feel like a 25-30 point win,” Oak Creek head coach Steve Hluchnik said, “They’re physical; if the refs don’t call it, they don’t call it. The referees don’t call much until the fourth quarter when it almost got out of hand, but we played through it.”

Oak Creek’s high-powered offense, which came in averaging 57 points per game, was at its best. Knights junior guard Katie Finn scorched the Eagles from the perimeter, draining four 3-pointers in the first half to help give her team a 45-33 lead at the break. Finn finished with 13 points.

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Franklin dominates way to sectional

March 02, 2013 7:57 p.m. | The Franklin girls basketball team lived up to its billing as a top 10 team in the Milwaukee area on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Panthers from Racine Park, moving on to Thursday's sectional semifinal with a convincing 84-48 win.

The second-seeded Sabers were too much for the third-seeded Panthers right from the start as Carly Graverson and Jenny Eickhorst scored a pair of 3-pointers to open the Sabers’ scoring, and Cassidy Mihalko scored five baskets in the first quarter en route to a 23-11 Franklin lead. The fast paced competition suited the Sabers well, as their prolific offense continued the pressure into the second quarter while the Panthers were forced to take shots that simply didn’t drop. Mihalko finished the first half with 15 points.

“It’s like when I broke the record for points scored in a game I had no 3-point shots at all and only had two free-throws, so I basically always score two-point field goals,” she said. “I just relax and try focus too hard on it.”

Park kept pace with the Sabers with greater success in the second half as both teams demonstrated a high paced offense and accurate 3-point shooting. Early in the third quarter, Racine Park’s Quadadra McMillian nailed a 3-pointer and was fouled, but couldn’t convert the free-throw for a four-point play. Franklin answered shortly thereafter with a three from Morgan McCuen. Franklin’s Taylor Schell added another three later in the quarter, followed immediately by a three from Park’s Janelle Scales. As if insistent upon getting the last word, Franklin’s Eickhorst followed with another triple.

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Conversion of Franklin furniture store to warehouse opposed

March 01, 2013 8:00 a.m. | A proposal to convert a large retail building into a distribution center is getting a cool reception in Franklin. 

The city Plan Commission has recommended against that new use for an Ashley Furniture store that's closing at 6801 S. 27th St., according to an article at by reporter Julie Becker.

Building owner Greywolf Partners wants to rezone the property to allow for warehousing and distribution uses. But Franklin Planning Manager Joel Dietl said that use isn't consistent with Franklin's Comprehensive Master Plan or 27th Street Plan.

The Common Council will consider the recommendation at its Tuesday meeting.

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