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Whitnall Park sledding hill, warming house open this weekend

Jan. 20, 2012 10:21 a.m. | The sledding hill and warming house at Whitnall Park will be open today from 3 to 8 p.m.

The warming house will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The park is at 6751 S. 92nd St. in Hales Corners.

Groomed cross-county ski trails at Whitnall and Brown Deer Parks are open.

Cross-country ski rental on the weekends at Whitnall Park is $25 per day and $30 for 24 hours.

Those looking for less strenuous activity can take a dog sled ride, which are being offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitnall Park clubhouse.

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Woman was struck after argument about friend being hit in the groin

Aug. 28, 2014 11:09 a.m. | A woman was struck in the face at least five times after an argument about her friend being hit in the groin for being "too touchy" with a different female Aug. 9.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman reported an unknown female struck her in the face at least five times as they were leaving Bootz Saloon and Grill, 8950 S. 27th St., about 2 a.m. Aug. 9.

The woman said the suspect hit her after they had an argument over the victim's male friend being hit in the groin for being "too touchy" with an unknown female. The suspect was described as a female with long, dark hair down to her waist and was wearing circular, black glasses, a long reddish/brown dress and rings on her right hand.

The victim, who went to the hospital for a laceration to her left cheek, also stated that during the argument her purse containing two wallets went missing in the parking lot.

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Police say train accident was 'apparent suicide' by Oak Creek man

Aug. 28, 2014 10:20 a.m. | A train-pedestrian accident in Wauwatosa this morning seems to have been a suicide, according to an initial investigation by Wauwatosa Police. Police said the man who died was from Oak Creek. 

Police responded to the collision shortly after 8 a.m. in the 6000 block of W. State Street, where the man was killed by a westbound freight train. 

Canadian Pacific Spokesman Andy Cummings said the CP train crew saw the man on the tracks, blew the train’s whistle and applied the emergency brakes before colliding with him. 

The front of the train that hit the man was stopped for hours after the collision near 62nd and State, a couple blocks from where the collision reportedly occurred. Cummings said freight trains can take a mile or more to stop after hitting the brakes. 

Cummings said the man was not at a regular crossing, such as a street, sidewalk or driveway. A shallow ditch with shrubbery separates the north side of the track from the sidewalk on State Street but there is no fence. 

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Poll: Will Greendale or Franklin win in Week 2 matchup?

Aug. 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Week 2 of the preps football season showcases a huge matchup: Greendale at Franklin.

Last year Greendale beat Franklin at home, 37-13.

And both teams were among the state's best in 2013. Greendale lost in the Division 3 state title game to Monona Grove, 21-17. Franklin lost in the Division 1 state title game to Arrowhead, 45-24.

Who do you think will win this week? Cast your vote in our poll below and ask your friends who they think will win by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Greendale trustees rescind polling place referendum question

Aug. 25, 2014 7:01 p.m. | Greendale — Polling places will remain in Greendale schools during elections — at least for the near future — after the board of trustees unanimously approved to rescind its referendum question addressing the controversial topic Monday evening.

The board of trustees approved the referendum question, which would ask residents whether or not they wanted polling places to be removed from district schools, in July.

Concerns regarding student safety during election days quickly grew earlier this year, after members of the Highland View Elementary PTO expressed their fears before the Greendale School Board last December.

In response, the school district requested in a formal letter that the Village of Greendale remove its polling places from schools by the general election on November 2. The school district sent another letter to the board of trustees last week, which redefined its request and granted permission to keep polling places in schools for the election due to "the various challenges faced by the Village."

Both letters were rescinded by the school board last week, thereby removing the need for a referendum question.

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Flight for Life responds to rollover accident in Greendale

Aug. 25, 2014 4:57 p.m. | Greendale — A vehicle rollover accident that occurred this afternoon resulted in a Flight for Life operation, according to a report from the Village of Greendale.

The report stated that at approximately 2:45 p.m., Greendale Police and Fire Crews responded to a rollover accident on Highway 36, just south of Root River Parkway.

Crews found one occupant trapped in the cab of a construction truck and Flight for Life was called to the scene for a prolonged extrication.

Fire crews were able to recover the occupant from the vehicle and the individual was transferred to Froedert Medical Center by Flight for Life.

Greendale was assisted by the Franklin Police Department, Franklin Fire Department, Hales Corners Fire Department and the Greenfield Fire Department.

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St. Martins Fair returns for Labor Day weekend

Aug. 25, 2014 3:17 p.m. | Franklin — St. Martins Fair will be held during Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

The fair will include a variety of vendors, food and entertainment.

"Vendors at this fair sell an assortment of merchandise including clothing, shoes, hardware and household items, paper products, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, sporting equipment, gift items, dried flowers and arrangements, furniture, antiques, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables, prepared food, and other miscellaneous merchandise," the city website states. "Special music groups also entertain the crowd throughout the Labor Day weekend event."

The fair takes place on St. Martins Road, from West Forest Home Avenue to West Church Street. For more information, visit the city website or call the City Clerk's Office at (414) 425-7500.

Fairs on St. Martins also take place the first Monday of every month, as weather permits.

Complaint: St. Francis man played with gun before wounding girlfriend

Aug. 25, 2014 1:27 p.m. | A man who tried to blame a St. Francis shooting on a "short Hispanic man" has been charged with obstructing police and with the shooting.

His false claim led police from several agencies to swarm an area of St. Francis last week looking for the supposedly armed suspect.

The real story was that Lloyd R. Robinson, 24, of St. Francis was playing with his handgun at an E. Tesch Ave. apartment Thursday when he accidentally shot his girlfriend, police say.

According to the criminal complaint released Monday:

Robinson called 911 about 3:30 a.m. to report that his girlfriend had been shot. He told police a "short Hispanic male" in blue, possibly a gang member, had fired the shot from a revolver then ran off.

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Mason's scoring spree leads Slinger past Whitnall

Aug. 22, 2014 11:41 p.m. | Senior running back Jacob Mason rushed for five touchdowns and scored a total of 38 points as visiting Slinger spoiled the debut of new Whitnall head coach Jared McGranahan with a 44-16 victory over the host Falcons.

Mason, who also serves as the Owls placekicker, scored on runs of 30, 10, 8, 5, and 4 yards as Slinger controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening kickoff. His 30-yard scamper on Slinger's first offensive possession got the Owls on the board, and his 33-yard field goal on their second drive staked them to an early 10-0 lead.

"If you aren't where you need to be, and you don't use proper technique, you won't get a second shot against that young man (Mason)," said McGranahan. "He took a few long on us, and he is a heck of a player.

Whitnall answered with an offensive drive deep into Slinger territory, but Falcons quarterback Tyler Merritt was intercepted looking for receiver Michael Grim on an out route, as Slinger defensive back Jesse Bellefeuil undercut Grim to make the play at the Owls 10-yard-line. Bellefeuil, who muffed a punt that Slinger recovered on the previous series, returned the interception all the way to Whitnall's 36-yard line, and Mason would hammer home his second touchdown of the game three plays later. Bellefeuil's show of mental toughness was not lost on his head coach.

"I always tell our kids that when they make a mistake, they are going to get another opportunity to make a play," said Slinger head coach Bill Jacklin. "These games are really momentum driven, and that play helped us greatly."

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Oak Creek rallies for victory over Falls

Aug. 22, 2014 10:45 p.m. | For 2 1/2 quarters on Friday, the Menomonee Falls football team, despite giving up hundreds of pounds of line weight and years of experience to visiting Oak Creek, had the Knights on the ropes to the tune of a 10-0 deficit in opening-night action.

But then the Knights forgot all their lofty, preseason rankings and just started playing football.

They scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter and then held on to overwhelm the game Indians by a 20-10 to count.

"This should serve as a lesson to us," said Oak Creek coach Mike Bartholomew to the team afterwards on the muggy, foggy evening. "We are not the hunter this year; we are the hunted. We've got to practice like we're in second place all week long and then play like we're in first place all game long."

One key player who did do that this evening was senior defensive back/receiver Doran Turchin. Turchin, the NOW Newspapers Baseball Player of the Year for the Knights, did not play football last season in order to concentrate on baseball, but he made his presence felt in his return to the gridiron.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Franklin football team catches second wind at Hamilton

Aug. 22, 2014 1:12 p.m. | Two teams with brand new defenses went at each other on opening night Aug. 21 at Grove Field at Sussex Hamilton High School, and it was Franklin that emerged as the survivor, needing a resounding rally to pull it off.

The visiting Sabers fell behind, 21-0, but rallied for a 44-28 win over the Chargers on Aug. 21 at Hamilton's Stan Grove Field.

The game, covered by local television with the United States Marines and the United State Army on hand, looked like it was headed in a completely different direction early.

Hamilton got a touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage by senior running back Tyler Davis, covering 67 yards. Senior Isaiah Webb had a 19-yard touchdown run before Franklin, a team in the WIAA Division 1 state championship fight last year, nearly self-destructed. The Sabers gave up a 9-yard touchdown run to Webb after a snap from center ended up over the head of junior punter Nathan Gennrich just south of the game's first TV timeout.

At that point, Franklin collectively took a deep breath, knowing there was a lot more football to be played.

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Motorist chased children, used racial slur, cops say

Aug. 22, 2014 11:07 a.m. | A caller reported a motorist chased her children and used a racial slur toward them while they were walking Aug. 2.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The children were walking in the area of Rawson and Quincy avenues about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 2 when a man driving a red pickup truck chased her children and used a racial slur.

The responding officer spoke to the children, who stated the man got out of his truck and started chasing them southbound through a wooded area.

The man stated, "Lucky I don't have a gun, I would shoot you guys," and then got into his truck and was last seen traveling eastbound on Rawson Avenue.

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Greendale School District to "get on a different trajectory" for polling place issue

Aug. 21, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School Board unanimously agreed Thursday night to rescind its two letters to the village's Board of Trustees, which requested action to move polling places from its schools.

The school district initially asked the village in May to remove the polling places by the general election after concerns arose about student safety during election days.

Alternative locations for the polling places have been hard to find in Greendale, however. Polling places require facilities to meet certain requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To gain public input on the matter, the board of trustees agreed to bring the issue before its voters through a referendum question — "Should the polling places for the Village of Greendale be located in buildings other than in schools owned by the Greendale School District?"

The school board issued a second letter earlier this week that granted permission to use its schools for the general election on November 4.

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Franklin High's new auditorium, classrooms to be ready for first day of school

Aug. 21, 2014 1:11 p.m. | Franklin — Construction for Franklin High School is right on schedule as contractors from CG Schmidt prepare the building for the first day of school.

The high school, located at 8222 S. 51st Street, has been under construction since the summer of 2013 for a new academic addition and a performing arts auditorium.

Students will be able to enjoy new classrooms and a 850-seat auditorium starting the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

"We are moving into the new additions for this school year as planned," said Steve Patz, district superintendent. "It is gratifying to see this project's first phase take shape and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff to the new spaces. We thank our community for all of their support throughout this process."

Construction inside the building's academic addition will continue into the 2014-15 school year, as will landscaping outside. The next phase of the district's project will be to complete the high school's main entrance and center atrium in September. Other remodeling phases include a new art department and studio.

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Greendale Schools to re-evaluate polling place requests this Thursday

Aug. 20, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Greendale — A special school board meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, to consider rescinding previous requests sent to the village to move polling places out of district schools.

Due to a growing concern for student safety, the Greendale School District sent a formal letter to the board of trustees in May to ask that polling places be moved out of schools by the general election.

Under pressure from the district to move the polling places, the board of trustees passed a referendum question on July 15 that would ask voters to weigh in on the controversy.

The school district sent another letter to the board earlier this week, which granted permission for the village to use schools as polling places for the upcoming election.

"We understand the various challenges faced by the Village as work continues to find suitable alternative sites to serve as polling locations," the letter states. "… Therefore, we agree to adjust our expectations on timing, and are no longer suggesting that you move polling places in Greendale out of the elementary schools beginning with the next scheduled election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014."

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