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Store's Wi-Fi crashes after man reportedly watched porn

Oct. 12, 2011 8:58 a.m. | A 43-year-old Franklin man caused a store's computer systems to crash after reportedly watching porn using the Wi-Fi.

According to the police report:

The man was at Open Pantry, 7610 W. Rawson St., and the store's computer systems crashed while he was reportedly watching porn, so he was asked to leave the premises prior to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Police warned the man that he is no longer welcome at the business and will be cited for trespassing if he returns.

Greendale High School holds first induction ceremony to new Athletic Hall of Fame

Feb. 05, 2016 12:38 p.m. | Greendale — Greendale High School will hold its first induction ceremony to its Athletic Hall of Fame tonight, Feb. 5, at 6:45 p.m. in the gym, 6801 Southway.

Members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 include: Coach Robin Schrank, Greendale Baseball 1980-1999; The State Champion 2006 Girls Softball Team; Kaylan Caiati, GHS Class of 2003, Four-time State Tennis Champion; Jim Gruenwald, GHS Class of 1988 and state wrestling champion; Matt Reischl, GHS Class of 1994, All-State football player; and Jerry and Diane Meyers, Greendale Youth Football Directors and Friends of GHS Athletics.

The induction ceremony will be held between the Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball games against New Berlin Eisenhower.

The hall of fame award recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of individual athletes, coaches, and friends of Greendale High School who have contributed to the integrity, promotion, and growth of athletics at the school. Members of the Hall of Fame will have performed at both an exceptionally high athletic level and represented Greendale with high standards of citizenship and character. This award will also recognize and honor people who have been instrumental in creating an excellent athletic tradition in the ideals of "Panther Pride".

Former MLB player John Mallee to coach at Prospect Training Academy

Feb. 05, 2016 11:05 a.m. | Oak Creek and Franklin — Prospect Training Academy just added a new, prestigious name to its list of baseball coaches: former MLB player John Mallee.

Mallee will be joining the training academy during his off-season from his local MLB team, where he serves as head hitting coach.

Mallee's resume includes two years as the Astros Major League Hitting Coach, two years as the Marlins Major League Hitting Coach, 22 years as a professional coach and three years as a professional player for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mallee will organize camps for PTA players and clinics in the winter in small group settings. He was introduced to the training academy through Joe Ferro, the PTA's director of player development.

"We are thrilled to have John Mallee as part of our PTA Coaching Staff," Mike Zimmerman, co-owner of the training academy, stated in a news release. "We are confident that John will give our ballplayers the skills needed to bring their game to the next level."

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Black Bear Bottling named 2015 Business of the Year by South Suburban Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 04, 2016 2:53 p.m. | Oak Creek —Black Bear Bottling was named 2015 Business of the Year by the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce during an awards dinner Feb. 3.

The Business of the Year award is given to a successful business that has also contributed to the community.

Black Bear Bottling, 2025 Southbranch Blvd., moved to Oak Creek in 2001 from St. Francis, where it was founded in 1921. Since 2011, the family-owned business has increased its bottling from 90,000 cases a year to 20,000 each day, the chamber stated in a news release.

For the past four years, Black Bear Bottling has worked with chemistry and marketing classes in Oak Creek High School to produce new flavors, design labels and market original soda flavors that are bottled and sold by the factory.

Finalists for the Business of the Year Award were Krones Inc. and Krsko Chiropractic, both located in Franklin.

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Oak Creek Common Council denies police chief's request for 7.5-percent raise — at least for 2016

Feb. 04, 2016 2:12 p.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards will not be receiving the significant raise he wanted this year, but city officials are willing to consider his request more extensively in the future.

Last August, Edwards requested a 7.5-percent raise increase for his position and a 6.8-percent raise for his captains to keep management salary competitive with other neighboring police departments.

But when the city's personnel committee finalized its wage adjustments for nonunion management staff on Dec. 3, Edwards was police department management would only receive a 2-percent raise in 2016.

Edwards would later defend the raise increase during a common council meeting Dec. 15. After several rounds of discussion, aldermen ended in a split-vote on the personnel committee's recommendation. Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi broke the tie by voting against the recommendation and sent it back to the personnel committee for reconsideration.

The personnel committee returned before the common council Feb. 2.

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Greendale cupcake business on hiatus to advocate for statewide 'Cookie Bill'

Feb. 04, 2016 12:17 p.m. | Greendale — It didn't take long for Greenfield resident Dominique Soriano to feel the financial burden of being a business owner.

Soriano opened her first bakery business, DCS Cupcakes, in downtown Greendale 2014.

"I always loved baking," Soriano said. "For years I would bake cupcakes out of my kitchen to give to friends and family. I have a full-time, corporate job, but I thought it would be fun to have this (cupcake) business on the side."

Under current state law, home bakers cannot cook and sell products from their personal kitchens. Baking businesses that do not comply with the state requirements could face up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.

So, Soriano began renting a commercial kitchen from Sugar & Flour Bakery, 5721 Broad Street.

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Oak Creek girls basketball team gets defensive in win over Franklin

Feb. 02, 2016 9:04 p.m. | When in doubt, rely on the defense.

For good measure, toss in some timely free-throw shooting and a clutch 3-pointer by a veteran senior guard whose team needed her, and she responded.

That's what the Oak Creek girls basketball team did against archrival Franklin Jan. 29 when the crafty Sabers abandoned their traditional zone with a strong man defense and stymied the three-time Southeast Conference champion Knights for much of the game.

They even held the Knights without a point for an eight-plus minute stretch over the middle of the second half.

But senior Knight guard Katie Settingsgaard hit a big 3-pointer from the wing with 4:50 left to make it 37-32 Oak Creek. After the Sabers' Abby Schauer hit a lay-up to make it 37-34 with 3:55 to go, the Knights went on a 7-0 run, all free throws, to pave the way for a 47-39 victory.

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Oak Creek wrestlers claim third SEC dual-meet title

Feb. 02, 2016 8:48 p.m. | No, a third straight Southeast Conference dual meet title is not being taken for granted by the Oak Creek wrestling team.

There's simply been too much pride and too much work put into the effort to get as far as the Knights have come to go back now, noted coach Matt Sommerville, whose team secured that accomplishment with a 47-21 win over Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 28.

"Winning our third straight dual meet title is a tremendous accomplishment," said Sommerville. "Our kids have been working hard for this all season. Winning this dual title was one of our goals this season. But we are not satisfied.

"We know that winning the conference tournament title will be just as difficult as winning the dual title. Our kids are positive right now, and they are confident. What they need most is to be hungry. Sometimes when you have beaten teams over and over again, you get complacent. We can't let that happen, and our kids know that. These kids know that they have to continue to work hard and establish their offense in every match if we are going to be successful as a team."

The Knights will look to do just that when they take part in the league tournament at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Indian Trail.

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Franklin boys basketball team adapts, earns big win over Creek

Feb. 02, 2016 8:31 p.m. | First-year Franklin boys basketball coach Tyler Podoll has been appreciative of the support and patience of the fans as he tries to rebuild the Saber program from the ground-up.

A big reward for that patience came on Jan. 29, when the Sabers remembered the lessons from a December loss to rival Oak Creek and applied them with great vengeance, denying the favored Knights at every turn in a stunning 50-42 upset.

"That was a lot of what we needed," said Podoll, whose team broke a four-game losing streak in earning the victory. "... It validates all the work they're doing to try and correct their skills, including coming in on Sundays. The kids have fought off the anxiety of losing and there never has been any finger-pointing.

"In the end, it comes down to what we can do right, which is share the ball and handle the pressure of the moment."

Which is something that Knight coach Mike Jossie, whose team was coming off a very disappointing loss to Southeast Conference leader Racine Park on Jan. 26, wishes his team had done more of in the flat performance against the Sabers.

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Hales Corners vies for fruity trees through Victory Garden Initiative

Feb. 02, 2016 7:53 p.m. | Hales Corners — An orchard of trees bearing fruit and nuts could take root on two lots in Hales Corners.

That's assuming the village wins the trees in Fruity Nutty 5 orchard contest.

The village authorized Sarah Kastern of the Hales Corners Environmental Committee to submit the application for 20 trees to be planted in two vacant lots in the village at a Jan. 25 board of trustees meeting.

"That area needs some improvement," said Village President Robert Ruesch. "Those houses were taken down years ago."

The Victory Garden Initiative is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20, to raise money for the five new orchards to be awarded in the 2016 contest. The winners will be announced at the event, held at the historic Villa Filomena, 1119 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $70 per person or $525 for a thicket of eight tickets. The event features a complimentary cocktail hour, live music and food from local restaurants and caterers.

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Tickets now on sale for annual 'Taste of Oak Creek-Franklin' fundraiser

Feb. 02, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Oak Creek — Parents and other adults in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District are invited to attend a "Taste of Oak Creek-Franklin" fundraiser on Thursday, March 10.

The annual event, which benefits the district's education foundation, features food samples from local restaurants, live jazz music and raffles. Participants will also have an opportunity to taste the newest Black Bear Soda flavor that was developed and marketed by Oak Creek High School students.

The event will be held 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the community center, the school district office or from members of the Oak Creek-Franklin Foundation for Education.

Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Oak Creek's former city hall, library now demolished

Feb. 01, 2016 11:00 a.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek's former city hall, library and fire station are now officially gone.

The municipal buildings along Puetz Road and Howell Avenue were demolished late last month to make way for the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District's new ninth-grade center. The center will help alleviate overcrowding at Oak Creek High School, located across the street.

The city moved its city hall and library to the newly-built Civic Center in Drexel Town Square last fall. The Civic Center is located at 8040 S. 6th Street. The Oak Creek Fire Department also moved its Station No. 1 to a new building on 255 E. Centennial Drive last year.

Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.

 

Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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Oak Creek girls basketball team outlasts Franklin, 47-39

Jan. 29, 2016 9:54 p.m. | When in doubt, rely on the defense.

For good measure toss in some timely free throw shooting and a clutch 3-pointer by a veteran senior guard whose team needed her and she responded.

That's what the Oak Creek girls basketball team did against archrival Franklin Friday night when the crafty Sabers abandoned their traditional zone with a strong man defense and stymied the three-time Southeast Conference champion Knights for much of the game.

They even held the Knights without a point for an eight-plus minute stretch over the middle of the second half.

But senior Knight guard Katie Settingsgaard hit a big 3-pointer from the wing with 4:50 left to make it 37-32 Oak Creek. After the Sabers' Abby Schauer hit a lay-up to make it 37-34 with 3:55 to go, the Knights went on a 7-0 run, all free throws, to pave the way for a 47-39 victory.

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Festival Foods looks to build at old Kmart location along Highway 100

Jan. 29, 2016 12:14 p.m. | Hales Corners —Festival Foods, a privately owned Wisconsin-based grocery chain, has its eyes on the old Kmart building.

Company officials presented a plan to the Hales Corner Village Board and the Community Development Authority on Jan. 20 centered on the vacant building south of West Grange Avenue and east of Highway 100.

Mark Anderson from the senior leadership team at Festival Foods made the presentation along with Curt Mauer of Commercial Horizons, the developer of the proposed project.

Anderson and Mauer have worked together before on other Festival Foods locations.

As proposed, the current structure would be demolished, and a new building would be constructed, with "likely 2017 opening," Anderson said.

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