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Off-duty security officer nabs shoplifter in Oak Creek

Dec. 24, 2012 10:42 a.m. | Oak Creek - An alert off-duty security officer thwarted a shoplifting attempt at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18, and detained one of the suspects until police arrived.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

An off-duty loss prevention contractor for Roundy's was shopping at the store when he saw two men loading a cart with baby formula. The officer recognized one of the men as a shoplifting suspect from recent store alerts and immediately told the store manager. When the manager attempted to stop the men at the store exit, one, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, pushed the manager back and reached toward his waistband. Fearing the man had a weapon, the security officer wrestled him to the floor and held him until police arrived.

Pick 'n Save employees locked the front doors during the incident for the safety of incoming customers.

The second man involved in the theft attempt is described as a stocky black man wearing a multi-colored plaid shirt. He drove off in a silver or tan Buick Century.

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About 3,000 people currently without power in Franklin, Hales Corners

March 03, 2015 4:10 p.m. | Franklin and Hales Corners — About 3,000 We Energies customers in the Franklin and Hales Corners communities are without power.

Two outages were first reported around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, said Cathy Schulze, a media spokeswoman for We Energies.

A utility pole fire in Hales Corners has caused about 1,700 customers to be without power, Schulze said.

Utility pole fires "tend to happen more frequently when it's moist out there, like today," she said. "The salt buildup from this winter really wreaks havoc on our equipment when it starts to get moist."

Crews are on site and will restore the power as soon as they can, Schulze said.

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Cudahy police identify man found dead in house fire

March 03, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Cudahy police on Tuesday confirmed the identity of a man found dead in a house fire as David M. Gaber.

Gaber, 62, died in the fire at his home in the 3700 block of E. Mallory Ave., police said. The fire broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday and began in the living room, according to a news release from the Cudahy Police Department.

Gaber's cause of death was inhalation of soot and combustion products, as well as thermal injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Cudahy police and the Wisconsin Fire Marshal's Office.

Ayusa International looks for Franklin, Oak Creek families to host international students for 2014-15

March 03, 2015 11:46 a.m. | Franklin and Oak Creek —Ayusa International is currently looking for area families to host foreign exchange students next school year.

Ayusa International, which stands for Academic Year in the USA, is a nonprofit organization that connects international high school students with families across the country.

Ayusa's exchange students are between 15 and 18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including Brazil, Japan, China and Morocco. The students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English.

Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom. Each exchange student is supported by a professionally trained representative from Ayusa, who works closely with the family and student throughout the program.

Ayusa is currently accepting applications from potential host families in Franklin and Oak Creek as well as other communities across Wisconsin.

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Pyrotechnician injured in July 4 fireworks display sues manufacturer, distributor

March 03, 2015 9:45 a.m. | A worker for Bartolotta Fireworks Co. injured during a municipal July 4 show has sued the makers and distributor of the specific firework.

Michael Subotich, and his wife Jennifer Subotich, sued Chinese company Liuyang Dun Pai Fireworks, which does business as Dominator Export Fireworks, and its Missouri distributor, Firework Solutions International, LLC and insurance companies in federal court in Milwaukee last month.

According to the lawsuit, a 5-inch shell made by Liuyang Dun Pai was defective and exploded prematurely after Subotich lit  it during the fireworks show in Hales Corners in 2013.

The show was called off after the explosion,  just minutes and a few rockets into the show. It was rescheduled and held in August that year.

Subotich suffered injuries and damages including disability, humiliation, pain and mental distress, the suit claims, and his wife suffered loss of his society and companionship.  The lawsuit doesn't detail Subotich's injuries, but news reports at the time said the injured technician suffered a broken leg and injuries to one side of his body and face.

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Graverson returns as Franklin girls basketball team wins regional

March 01, 2015 12:19 a.m. | One of the Franklin scorekeepers said it best early in a first quarter flurry Saturday afternoon during the Saber girls' basketball team's 53-32 WIAA regional final victory over Racine Horlick.

"What a difference one person makes."


2014 NOW All-Suburban junior forward Carly Graverson scored just eight points, all of them in that first quarter, but she provided a huge psychological lift to the Sabers.

She had been gone for two months with a broken foot, but was cleared to play on Wednesday and got in a few minutes and scored four points in the regional semifinal rout of West Allis Central on Friday.

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Man found dead in Cudahy fire still not identified

Feb. 27, 2015 6:32 p.m. | The identity of a man found dead in a Cudahy house fire remained unconfirmed Friday, one day after the blaze in the 3700 block of E. Mallory Ave., police said.

Investigators did determine that the fire, reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, began in a living room but had not determined its cause, according to a news release from the Cudahy Police Department.

The cause of the man's death also remained under investigation, according to the release.

Oak Creek's Hakes back in state wrestling semis for second time

Feb. 27, 2015 12:14 a.m. | You just have to believe.

That's the attitude of Oak Creek senior 160-pound wrestler Ben Hakes as he advanced for the second time in as many years in into the WIAA State Individual Tournament semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Hakes (27-1), who was fifth last season at state, advanced through the first two rounds Thursday to earn the berth. He will take on Marshfield's Mitch Hertel (28-1) in his semifinal. If he wins, he will take on the winner of West Bend East's Jordan Gundrum (48-0) and Kenosha Bradford's Oscar Ramos (38-1) in the 6 p.m. Saturday championship match.

For Hakes, the goal has been the same since he lost in the semifinals last season.

"This feels great," he said. "Right now, the goal is to change the outcome from last year (in the semifinals). There are things I can improve on. I need to wrestle smarter, not so emotional. ...To take the state title, I need to be that way."

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Southridge Mall announces Eddie Bauer addition

Feb. 26, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Greendale — The retail chain Eddie Bauer will be joining the Southridge Mall family this spring, the mall announced on Feb. 26.

Established in 1920, Eddie Bauer offers a wide variety of sportswear, casual wear, gear and accessories for the outdoor enthusiasts.

The new addition will be located on the upper level of the mall, near center court across from Chico's and LOFT.

"Southridge Mall is excited to welcome Eddie Bauer which will appeal to our many shoppers," said Mary Mokwa, general manager at Southridge Mall, in a news release. "This recognized brand will complement our more than 125 popular retail and dining options, and solidify our position as the area's premier shopping destination."

Southridge Mall is located at 5300 S. 76th Street in Greendale.

Dr. Seuss' birthday celebrated at Oak Creek library for Family Fun Night

Feb. 25, 2015 11:55 a.m. | Oak Creek — Join the Oak Creek Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., in celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The library will show a short Seuss movie, offer a fun craft and of course will serve cake.

The family program is free and registration is not required. This program is geared for children ages five to 11, but all are welcome.

Got stuff? The Clutter Coach is coming to Oak Creek to help

Feb. 25, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Oak Creek — Spring cleaning is right around the corner and Kathi Miller, the clutter coach, can help you through it.

Miller will present "De-Clutter Today for a Carefree Tomorrow" at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Miller will share simple strategies for "paring down and letting go" based on her years as an educator, mentor and entrepreneur.

Oscar's Frozen Custard to open new location in Franklin

Feb. 24, 2015 5:21 p.m. | Franklin —Oscar's Frozen Custard and Sandwiches will soon be opening a new location in Franklin.

Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm announced the new arrival over Facebook on Feb. 18.

Wilhelm stated the Oscar's restaurant will open in district three, her district, this spring near 27th Street and Rawson Ave.

"The Franklin Oscar's is poised to have an artsy warm décor with an operating train displayed in the center of the dining room," owners Jim and Susie Taylor told Wilhelm.

More information will be released at a later date.

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OCFSD considers more than $1 million in proposed capital improvements

Feb. 24, 2015 8:51 a.m. | Oak Creek — More than $1 million in proposed capital improvement projects for 2015-16 will be discussed at the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint school board meeting Monday, March 9.

Seventeen proposed items, in priority order, will address district safety, security and curricular concerns, said Superintendent Sara Burmeister.

First on the list is to convert West Middle School's main entrance to route guests directly to the main office. This project's estimated cost is $150,000.

Other prioritized improvements include refurbishing the northeast parking lot at Oak Creek High School, an estimated $300,000 endeavor, and refurbishing the southwest parking lot area at West Middle School, which is estimated at $235,000.

Both named projects would be the third phase of a four-year project in refurbishing all of the parking lots at each respective school.

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West Allis superintendent finalists hail from Shorewood, Greendale, MPS

Feb. 23, 2015 11:27 a.m. | The finalists for West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent include the superintendents at Shorewood and Greendale and a regional superintendent at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond, Greendale Superintendent John Tharp and MPS Regional Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez met with parents and community members at the district Saturday, in a forum broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 13.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is scheduled to discuss the finalists tonight during a closed session meeting.

The board plans to name a new superintendent on or before April 1. That person will take over the district starting July 1. Former West Allis superintendent Kurt Wachholz abruptly retired at the end of July 2014 after several years of rapid -- and in some cases controversial -- changes in the district.

Tickets now on sale for Greendale High School's 'Guys and Dolls' spring musical

Feb. 23, 2015 10:19 a.m. | Greendale — Tickets are now on sale for the Greendale High School Theatre department's production of "Guys and Dolls" this March.

"Guys and Dolls," a Tony Award-winning musical, is an oddball romantic comedy that follows the lives of a New York City gambler and his nightclub performer girlfriend.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays: March 13 and 14, and March 20 and 21. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. The performances will be hosted in the high school, 6801 Southway.

Tickets to the evening performances cost $10 per adult and $8 for students under the age of 19. Tickets to the March 15 matinee cost $7 for all attendees. All seats are reserved.

Tickets are primarily offered online at They can also be purchased in person beginning on March 3. On Tuesday and Thursdays, tickets can be purchased in the auditorium lobby after school, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or in the evening, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Milwaukee County Transit expands bus service to Oak Creek

Feb. 19, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee County Transit System will expand its bus service from MATC South to Oak Creek for the first time starting Sunday, March 22.

Route 80 (6th Street) will provide all-day service to serve Drexel Town Square, Meijer, Woodman's Target, Kohl's and other area residences and businesses.

The bus would operate from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The service will also extend to Brown Deer via Route 276 (Brown Deer Shuttle).

Schedules will be available to view on on March 12 and on buses starting Wednesday, March 18.


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