Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“Franklin police are seeking two unknown males who forced their way into a home, displayed weapons and stole money from two of the residents on Saturday evening.”
This is disturbing because of the following:
1) I would care if it happened anywhere in Franklin. It occurred very close to my home and family, so forgive me if I care a little more.
2) It happened last Saturday. Why must I first hear about it by reading it on, of all places, the news section of FranklinNOW that is notorious for old news? FranklinNOW did publish a police report on May 27, three days after the incident.
3) Why weren’t neighbors notified about this situation? If threatening dark clouds roll in, aren’t some Franklin folks notified via phone? We live in a 24/7 instantaneous communicative world. Surely some word could/should have gotten out to the public.
Chief Oliva? Alderman Wilhelm? You both are proficient in e-mails. Either of you care to offer an explanation?
4) I take it because the story said the investigation is ongoing that the criminals have not been apprehended. So authorities would naturally want the cooperation and help of citizens, right? How about asking for it?
5) 99.9% of the time I am fully supportive of our great police department and they know it. But I believe some greater communication was necessary here. As I write, there's nothing about this on the FPD's Facebook page.
UPDATE: A resident who lives close to where Saturday's robbery took place informs me he was notified the next morning via email from his subdivision association and suggests the police must have contacted them. It seems the only folks notified were those who lived in the immediate area, i.e., that subdivision. Again, there are ways to inform all of Franklin. But that’s too late now. I thank one of my neighbors for responding to my blog.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Another reader suggested someone in Franklin set up a Franklin Townhall page on Facebook that could serve many purposes, including a neighborhood watch. Not a bad idea.